The report in the Telegraph today that Cpl Mark Wright bled to death from a survivable wound because of MOD incompetence and equipment shortages and failures should be a matter for the resignation of the Armed Forces Minister. For week after week, year after year, the MOD's shortcomings and failures have been highlighted in the press and in Parliament, yet not only does the MOD do nothing to rectify its most grevious failings, it continues to deny that there is any problem.
Let's be frank. Who do people believe - a criminal cabal of sleazy, crooked, mendacious and corrupt fools and knaves that clings to office like a leech to flesh, or to the nation's serving and retired Chiefs of Staff, men who have served their country honourably and faithfully?
And as for this Commons exchange on 10th January (Hat Tip Major Catastrophe) :
Mr. John Baron (Billericay) (Con): .... We must also ensure that we supply our troops with the right equipment. Troops returning from theatre tell of life-threatening shortages of kit, including body armour, satellite phones, oil to prevent guns jamming and electronic equipment to detect roadside bombs—I would suggest that Ainsworth crawls back under whichever slimy rock he slithered from under; his utter indifference to the lonely death of Cpl Wright in an Afghan minefield means that this scumbag gutter lout deserves no place as one of the Sovereign's Ministers, let alone as a Member of Parliament.
The Minister for the Armed Forces (Mr. Bob Ainsworth): Absolute bollocks.