Convicted Criminal Hugh Grant wants UK Citizens forced into National Service slavery and indoctrination
‘It goes with our personality’: Hugh Grant calls for return to National Service, saying it ‘can definitely benefit society’
The 54-year-old said it would be ideal because ‘we get on with things’
British actor’s father and grandfather both served in the military
His grandfather Major James Grant won a medal for bravery during WWII
By PETER LLOYD
PUBLISHED: 22:09, 16 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:53, 17 November 2013
Hugh Grant has urged Britain to reintroduce National Service, saying: ‘It goes with our personality. It suits us.’
Although the actor has never served in the Forces, he paid tribute to Britain’s military tradition, which made heroes of his forefathers.
Speaking at last week’s launch of singer and photographer Bryan Adams’s book Wounded: The Legacy Of War, Grant, 54, said: ‘My father and grandfather both served and it shaped them.
‘National Service can definitely benefit society. Britain is an ideal nation for military service because we get on with things.’
Calling for a return to National Service is usually the preserve of Tory politicians, but Grant added: ‘I have left views, but I also have right views.’
The actor’s grandfather Major James Murray Grant served with the Seaforth Highlanders and was awarded a Distinguished Service Order for bravery and leadership during the Second World War. He had defied an order to surrender to overwhelming German troops when stranded at St Valery-en-Caux, France, after the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation.
Grant’s father, also called James, trained at Sandhurst and spent eight years in the Army.
But the millionaire actor admitted that ‘probably the closest I’ll get’ to military service is playing a naval intelligence commander in Guy Ritchie’s forthcoming film The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Tory MP Philip Hollobone, who has drawn up a Private Member’s Bill calling for Britain to reintroduce National Service, said: ‘Hugh is clearly a very sensible chap. Now he has spoken out I hope we can eventually secure a debate in Parliament.’
However, an online campaign to prevent the return of National Service has 35,000 supporters.