Total number of UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan = 453
The five deaths yesterday are cruel, unexpected tragedies for their loved ones. In the past the Government has sought to minimise publicity on the losses of lives. Last October, I put the following EDM down. Almost no publicity has been given to the two soldiers whose remains were repaptriated this year. There should be a Commons satement tomorrow on this incident so that MPs can pay tributes to those who have lost their lives.
Repatriation of the fallen
That this House notes that the Government has deliberately reduced the profile of repatriation ceremonies for the fallen in Afghanistan in order to make participation in future wars more palatable: is appalled at the revelation in a Ministry of Defence document, obtained by the Guardian, that changing the procession of the fallen from Wootton Bassett to Carterton was an attempt to reduce the televising of visible grief of the loved ones of the fallen: further regrets the ban on reading out the full list of the names of the fallen in the Commons and the two moves to end the Wednesdays’ announcements of the recently killed to a Monday and a Tuesday were further attempts to diminish public mourning, believes that news of the deaths and the repatriation of the fallen should not be downplayed but should be fully commemorated so that the country should understand the true cost of war.