While the rest of us soul-search, argue and protest about Iraq and Afghanistan, Wootton Bassett stands in simple silence. This week the town’s mayor said he was worried about the arrival of Question Time because debates about these wars should take place “anywhere in the country except Wootton Bassett”. The mayoress added: “We have stayed out of all the politics.”
There’s probably as much doubt, anger and terrible not-knowing in Wootton Bassett as there is everywhere else in Britain.
Let’s face it, there’s probably more. We just need them to keep it to themselves. That’s become their job.
There is one of those revealable road signs concreted into place on the road into Wootton Bassett. One of those signs that are split and can be opened out to reveal the warning when appropriate. It reads:
Warning, Delays Possible HM Forces Repatriation Ceremony
A permanent sign and reminder.