Tony Blair: More Blood-Money And More British Body-Bags ...
As if this Sunday hadn't started off a sodding, sickening enough Sabbath when we read about 14 Brits being killed when their quarter of a century old, RAF aircraft came (or was brought), down in Afghanistan -- a little later in the day our friend 'Mark from Ireland' (in all innocence), managed to make matters much worse.
Figuratively speaking ,we hasten to add, not literally.
Anyway, here's our first piece of appalling news -- at it's nastiest.
MoD names killed British troops
The Ministry of Defence has named the 14 UK military personnel who died when their plane crashed in Afghanistan.
RAF Kinloss has paid tribute to its servicemen
The RAF Nimrod MR2 crashed on Saturday, killing 12 air personnel from 120 Squadron based at RAF Kinloss in Moray, Scotland, a Royal Marine and a soldier.
Wing Commander Martin Cannard, of 120 Squadron, said the victims were "great guys" and it was a "profound loss".
Then, take a good look at the next terrible tale, first made known to us by our remarkable and ever reliable, blogging friend 'Mark from Ireland'.
Yankee Poodle Tony's Government The BritishThe Blair Government has sold off 4½ million pounds worth of armoured personnel carriers for £44,000 including four to American mercenary firm Blackwater. British Ministers claimed that adaptations made to the MambaMine Protected Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), which if you follow the chain of ownership is manufactured by a BAE (British Aerospace) subsidiary, made it unsuitable for its use in Iraq which included the transportation of bomb disposal teams, and too difficult to maintain. The ministers appear to be being more than somewhat economical with the actualite. The that bought them for the princely sum of £2,933.33 apiece describes them as the armoured personnel carrier of choice for Blackwater ops in Iraq and clearly don't have any problem maintaining them as they're in daily use on Route Irish - the most dangerous road in the world. The British newspaper Scotland on Sunday first broke the story last Sunday and has an even more damning follow-up today.
Troops risk their lives in Land Rovers while MoD sells off armoured vehicles
Scotland On Sunday Sun 27 Aug 2006 BRIAN BRADY AND NIGEL GREEN
A FLEET of armoured vehicles has been sold abroad for just £44,000 despite the ongoing scandal of British troops forced to patrol war zones in thin-skinned Land Rovers.
The MoD sanctioned the sale of 14 mine-protected Mamba vehicles, which originally cost £4.5m, after an expensive revamp left them too heavy to go on patrol.
Here's Mark's (as always), marvelously researched & written and well worked blogpost on this, the latest of BlairCo's bolloxed-up, 'blood-money' matters.