Not Saussure

September 10, 2006

‘Smashing bloke, eh?’

Filed under: Afghanistan, Blair, Iraq — notsaussure @ 10:30 pm

Iain Dale reports that there is, not surprisingly,

incredulity in Iraq amongst our soldiers that the Prime Minister has found time to meet the families of the captured Israeli soldiers.

Every sympathy goes to them as fellow soldiers but this is the PM who has never attended a UK military funeral, visited an injured soldier in hospital (and there are many more than the Govt will admit too) and has never met with the families of UK soldiers either killed* or injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. Smashing bloke eh?

Of course, Mr Blair doubtless reasoned he’d be at far less risk of embarassment when visiting the families of the Israeli soldiers than some of the British families; his last encounter with Reg Keys, father of the late Tom Keys who was murdered, along with five of his colleagues in Iraq, must have been rather bad for the Prime-Ministerial ego.

*110 British soldiers killed in Iraq as of September 4; 27 in Afghanistan since August 1.

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