The conclusion of a Coroner’s Inquest into the death of a British soldier in Afghanistan says it all. He died because of a lack of basic equipment. The British army is doing a remarkable job, and this is how its government repays it.
Normally, I am totally against ‘civvie’ interference in army morals and actions. Civvies just do not understand the implications of forces life. But it is becoming clear that, in certain circumstances, such courts are finding a role.
They are finding this role because no one in government seems to honour their contract with the British soldier. Indeed, no one has involuntarily done more to allow this vile government to continue than the British army.
But outside war, an army is weak. And the more people stand up and demand the government looks after its soldiers, the better.
© Anthony North, February 2008