No I had never heard of him before.
General Sir John Kiszely said his role at the British Legion gave him access to important figures in defence, and described the annual remembrance events as a "tremendous networking opportunity". At other events, he found himself "standing there waiting for the Queen, with nothing else to talk about to [defence secretary] Philip Hammond than whatever."
‘Nothing else to talk about’ ? .. not the sacrifices of the lives of British soldiers in past wars? ..not the continuing reckless decisions to engage in new wars – even when our interests are not threatened?
Arms companies are infested with former military top brass whose function is to chat up former colleagues in pursuit of contracts.
The Guardian has a staggering figure today of 3,500 former Military Top Brass who are employed by Arms Firms. It also works the other way. Employees of arms manufactures are embedded in the Ministry of Defence.
Ministry of Defence and arms firms now form one Siamese twin entity that exists to max out on extravagant contracts fed by eternal warfare.
That is how we ended up in wars in Iraq and Helmand where soldiers' lives were put at risk when we had no UK interests under threat. A new war with Iran is the next project to fund sumptuous returns in contracts and profits.
Casualties? ..not worth thinking about. Especially where there are tremendous networking opportunities for money making.