No insult was intended to memory of soldiers killed on the frontline

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I WAS saddened to read some comments in last week’s Dispatch from those who had misinterpreted the views expressed in a previous letter of mine (‘Local Tories Turned Show Into Party Politics In The Park’).

The last thing I would ever do is to disparage either the memory of those who have died in the service of their country or those who, as a result of their service, are now in desperate need of help to live decently.

I would say that, wouldn’t I, some might think.

But I’ll refute that claim by reference to my article in last week’s Dispatch paying tribute to those who took part in the Battle of the Somme 95 years ago.

And since I’ve been writing and giving talks about local men involved in war for over 20 years now, somewhat longer than I have been a councillor, I would challenge anyone who believed I have ever played politics over the bodies of British servicemen.

I have nothing but contempt for those who do.

But if anyone gained that impression then to those people, I offer an unreserved apology for any distress they may have felt.

However, to those members of the Conservative Party to whom the letter was directed — and they know who they are — I offer absolutely no apology whatsoever.

Cutting 11,000 men from the British Army is not what I call supporting our heroes, never mind implementing the cuts to services that help maintain their standard of living and that of their dependents should they suffer as a result of their service.

That is what I find truly disgusting.

Let them defend that. Better still, let’s see them make an apology.



Member of Ashfield

District Council.