During their careers we give our most senior public servants many things - status, privilege, rank, access to the State's most precious secrets, a very decent wedge, a superlative pension and exclusive inside access to an egregious 'honours' system. The expectation is that these honourable, loyal and trusted public servants will retire quietly, maintaining a decent reticence, to a cottage somewhere in Hampshire, to sail and play golf.
The reality of course is that many of these chiselling crooked chancers spend the years at the top of their trade feathering their nests with a sleazy trade in nudge-nudge favours for favours from anyone who will keep them in champagne and Lithuanian hookers when they retire. In particular, the seamless segue from the MOD to arms companies is utterly disgraceful - and ex-officers who ignore just how dishonourable their conduct appears to the rest of us must be left in no doubt that they have forfeited completely any public regard they formerly earned.
The crooks with most front even claim that a £60k a year pension, a KCB and a capital cash sum that would buy a flat in London are not enough - and that if they don't take dirty commercial gold then we taxpayers must buy their champagne and pay for the Lithuanian tarts.
Well, I'm sorry. You're wrong. Even the 'Mail' - the paper read by the wives of the bent admirals and generals - is campaigning against the crooked sleaze. Yes, I mean you General Applegate and Admiral Soar - non-entities in your careers. Shame on you both, and on the rest of the senior forces scum on the take.