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Home > War On Terror

Soldiers dead. Hoon must resign.

20 January 2004

The widow of a Welsh soldier has joined calls for Defence Secretary, Geoff Hoon, to resign.

Tracey Pritchard, whose husband Cpl Dewi Pritchard, 35, from Bridgend, was killed in August, said: "It's the person at the top of the tree who has to carry the can and that would be the Defence Secretary."

She joins Samantha Roberts in demanding the resignation of Hoon. Samantha's husband - Sgt Roberts - was shot and killed in March.

Lib Dem MP Paul Tyler has asked Mr Hoon to exlain his earlier claims that "the only failures of supply related to wrong-sized boots and unappetising rations." Tyler says:

"Those [claims] have been blown to smithereens by the revelations not just of his own army commanders later to the committee but also by the National Audit Office."

Nice turn of phrase, Paul.

The Friday Thing is proud to join Paul in joining its voice to the chorus of voices calling for the resignation of Geoff Hoon. Never again must this be allowed to happen.

Never again must a soldier be allowed to die in a war.

Soldiers do not die in wars. Not in this day and age.

Whatever Mr Hoon might have us believe, Cpl Pritchard and Sgt Roberts did not join the Army to be shot and killed. They weren't mad. Cpl Pritchard and Sgt Roberts joined the army to live. If they had been allowed to leave the army alive (as certainly they had planned) then who knows - they might already have left the corps and be busy setting up a home security company which would fail and they'd get fat and depressed and turn to drink.

Perhaps Mr Hoon is suggesting that in some way they deserved to die?

Do all soldiers deserve to die, Mr Hoon? Do they?

No Mr Hoon. They do not.

Not in this day and age.

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