Duty of care to our troops
There is a current discussion regarding the level of protection being given to police officers who carry, and may use, firearms.
Are they sufficiently protected?
I think the answer now simply must be no!
The Government has directed the Ministry of Defence to constitute an investigatory body to look at the possible prosecution of members of the armed services who have been involved in war.
This all stems, apparently, from yet another outside influence on our country, the European Human Rights Act. If ever there was a wanted reason for the UK to get out of the EEC, surely this must be it.
Investigations are to be carried out into the conduct of service personnel during the war in Iraq.
The government orders the young men and women of its armed forces into conflict, a situation that is threatening, horrifying and injurious, not to mention mind blowing/altering.
Young people are coming home from conflict changed, as only war can change people. They have seen and been involved in such things as we should never have to be involved in.
The Government is shouting about the Geneva Convention, in particular with regard to an imprisoned Marine.
The Geneva Convention is as outmoded now as the courtly rules of engagement of knights of old.
The conventions declared in no way cover the atrocities committed by the terrorists our service personnel have to face, filmed torture and beheadings, yet the Government and Europe continue to talk about “rules”.
I have long believed that eventually there are going to have to be troops on the ground to take out the terrorists, and I really mean “take out”, not arrest and put on trial and keep in prison at the taxpayers’ expense.
I also believe that this duty will fall to the forces of the United States.
Well, these forces act with the full backing of the people, their Government and mostly their judiciary.
Apart from the likes of murder and rape, all else is up for grabs against people who commit such atrocities as these terrorists do.
There are no rules of engagement to be followed and our troops should not be encumbered by such, perhaps laudable, intention.
We, the people of the UK and the government of the UK have a duty of care to our service personnel, this duty should come before all else.
The taxpayers’ money which has been paid to support spurious claims against our troops, established by ambulance chasing solicitors, should be charged against such solicitors.
People in this country with a justifiable legal argument cannot take their case to court due to the cost and lack of financial support, but aliens who see an easy buck are encouraged and paid Legal Aid!
Perhaps it is time to re-write the rules.
After all, if the Geneva Convention and the Human Rights Act are to be followed to the letter, we should be able to see the likes of Tony Blair and David Cameron in the dock soon!
K D Ashton via email
MPs won’t be missed
Three Labour MPs have quit the party’s front bench in protest at sackings made by Jeremy Corbyn in his reshuffle.
And what does Jeremy Corbyn say about all this?