The Tories love to make a show of respecting our armed forces, with ceremony and the occasional words of praise in the Commons.
But the less than glowing reality of the Establishment’s attitude has been seen in the underfunding and cuts, as well as substandard body armour and vehicles, that the UK’s servicemen and women have been made to cope with – and in the lack of help of which many disabled or traumatised ex-services personnel complain.
But there is perhaps no more eloquent testimony to what the Tories really think of those who serve than in this image, which the father of a soldier serving in Iraq sent to the SKWAWKBOX of what his son was served yesterday.
While most of us were tucking into turkey and all the trimmings, this is what faced our people in harm’s way for their Christmas lunch:
Serving a decent Christmas lunch is the least the government could do for those who leave behind family to put themselves at risk for this country for little reward – and would certainly not be beyond the logistical capabilities of one of the world’s richest countries.
So what does it say to our troops – and to their families – that this is what was put before them yesterday?
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