Familiar Defence refrain on old fiddle

THE one constant in military life throughout the millennia has been change.

As Nero confidant Petronius Arbiter is alleged to have said, “We trained hard—but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we were reorganised.

“I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising, and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while actually producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralisation.”

Nero was of course famous for fiddling while Rome burned, and the fiddlers are at it for the M̅-th time, starting with a Strategic Defence Review overture.

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