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Shabby and dishonest.

Byline: Patrick Mercer

THE Government's failure to understand the public mood on our foreign wars is most obvious in the way it has dealt with the fallen.

There is little thought for how the repatriation of our dead is handled - or how the sacrifice is recognised.

But it should have been clear to anyone the public would rally behind our boys and girls who have paid the ultimate price. As a former soldier, I'm deeply touched by the way our dead are honoured by the people of Wootton Bassett, who acted without being asked.

It's important the funeral processions continue to pass through the town once RAF Lyneham closes.

And to select a route to deliberately avoid areas where casualties might be seen is a serious mistake.

It would be shabby - and it would smack of an attempt to conceal the true cost of war.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2010
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