Talk | An Audience with General Sir Mike Jackson

The former head of the British Army discusses his high-profile career

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Approx 90 minutes with an interval

General Sir Mike Jackson is known for his tough talking and uncompromising style. He gave more than a hint of his pent-up frustrations when he delivered a blistering attack on the government in a Dimbleby lecture, accusing it of failing to meet the most basic needs of the country’s soldiers who were risking their lives fighting unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

British generals appear to be getting the taste for speaking the truth in public, a refreshing antidote to most leading politicians. His recently published autobiography pulls few punches, and gives a soldier’s commentary on recent conflicts – both military and political.

His stinging comments about what he described as the Government’s strategic failings and that “inadequate” funding is putting troops at risk are well documented.

He held little regard for political finesse and once recalled a conversation with Labour’s former top spin doctor. Sir Mike said: “I first met Alastair Campbell in Macedonia when he delivered the message that, in talking to the press, I’d been ‘off-message’. “I told him to go and ‘blank blank’ somewhere else.”

Presented in association with Clive Conway Productions.

As part of ‘Creativity Matters: Conflict and Culture’: a series of public talks throughout February and March which will explore the themes and stories behind Firstsite’s Conflict and Culture artistic programme. Find out more