‘Mr Brown, listen to me… I know every injury that my child sustained. My son could have survived but he bled to death’
“How would you like it if one of your children, God forbid, went to a war – helping protect his Queen and country – and because of lack, LACK of helicopters, lack of equipment your child bled to death? “And then you had the coroner have to tell you his every injury?”
Do you understand Mr Brown? Lack of equipment.
The PM replied: “I do understand but I think you have got to also understand that I feel very strongly about this as, as you do.”
JJ: Right, can I now just say how I feel?
GB: Yes please.
JJ: Many many years ago, in 18-something, somebody said the biggest enemy of our Army was our Treasury… they were so right.
GB: I, I…
JJ: Even to this day..
GB: I, I…
JJ: Mr Brown, to this day, I know as fact helping my sons buy equipment themselves before they go to war, I know of every mother, the letters I have received off mothers whose sons have been killed, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, you know, friends of mine that were killed in Northern Ireland.
I know that our Government are letting our troops down, big time.
GB: But I’m sorry I would not send anybody abroad unless I felt that they were properly equipped and, er, what I’ve told the Army chiefs that we cannot send people abroad unless we can properly equip them.
JJ: But they’re not properly equipped and we both know this.