This weekend a serving general in the Army seemed to suggest Jeremy Corbyn would face a coup if elected prime minister.

The unnamed commander, thought to have served in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, told the Sunday Times:

You would see a major break in convention, with senior generals directly and publicly challenging Corbyn over vital, important policy decisions such as Trident, pulling out of Nato and any plans to emasculate and shrink the size of the armed forces.

The Army just would not stand for it. The general staff would not allow a prime minister to jeopardise the security of this country and I think people would use whatever means possible, fair or foul, to prevent that.

Labour sources described the remarks as "pretty outrageous".

You can't have serving officers going round effectively threatening a coup against an elected government. This general seems to have forgotten we live in a democracy.

Even right-wing Tory MEP Daniel Hannan described the general as an "idiot".

While a Ministry of Defence source said it was unacceptable for serving officers to make political statements about a potential future government, the MoD has ruled out a leak inquiry on the basis that it would be almost impossible to identify who gave the quotes as there are around 100 serving generals.

Surely it wouldn't take too long to ask them?

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