“We must support our troops”. That statement almost goes without saying, something nobody can argue with! However I fear this noble aim is becoming politicised. It seems Gordon Brown is unable to admit that inadequacies exist in terms of helicopters and other necessary equipment. We have seen the argument first hand this week and I feel sure that this is only the tip of the iceberg.
Foreign Office minister Lord Malloch Brown has rowed back on comments made in a Daily Telegraph interview that the UK did not have enough helicopters. I am sure he was right the first time, we need greater resources. We have a right and duty to question the motives of a war before we engage our enemies but when our troops are in the field we must resource them, support them and welcome them home with open arms.
I pay tribute to all our Armed Forces, be they in the field or not – thank you and I feel ashamed that our Government is letting them down.