The picture in question shows a soldier “blacked up” – i.e. wearing standard camouflage paint – during a military training exercise. Anyone with any knowledge of the military knows this is a standard technique used by soldiers around the world to help disguise themselves in challenging combat situations, particularly when operating at night. In this particular instance the soldier was taking part in a jungle warfare exercise.
Yet no sooner had the picture been published on the MoD’s website – as part of a package of pictures marking the Army’s annual photography competition – than a brigade of politically correct zealots launched a tirade of abuse on twitter against the MoD, essentially accusing the Army of racism.
And yet, these are the people who are running our academic, media, and Government organs.