Brown Wounded by Lack Of Army Equipment
THE equipment available to British troops in the field is better than it has been for years, Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, insisted yesterday
Mr Brown told British Forces Broadcasting Service that the country's troops deserved "nothing but the best," hitting back at retired military chiefs who have questioned his commitment to the armed forces.
The government has faced persistent accusations that the military is under-resourced and morale is low.
Mr Brown said it was "totally unfair" to question his commitment to the armed forces: "Over the last few years, despite difficult circumstances … we have tried our best not only to give decent settlements so that there is the money to do everything necessary, but also where there is an urgent operational requirement, we changed the system so that the equipment can get there more quickly.
"I think the evidence on the ground is that the equipment people have is a lot better than it was a few years ago
After his long and dangerous tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan Brown knows better than those pathetic grumblers in Uniform, why as soon as he landed he was issued with brand new well fitting body armour, what more could anyone want? And when needs are urgent he is the man to fiddle with "the system" so that procurement and budget agreement meetings can take only months to start happening, don't these ungrateful squaddies realise how hard it is to get things moving in the Civil Service, they should have more patience whilst he has to wrestle with the dangers of preparing a budget policy.