Stop of­fend­ing our sense of fair play

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Westminster Life - Ste­wart Jack­son

This week, I was hon­oured to at­tend in Cathe­dral Square with the Mayor, the Free­dom of the City pa­rade and cer­e­mony for RAF Wit­ter­ing, cel­e­brat­ing its cen­te­nary this year.

It cer­tainly con­cen­trated my mind on the sac­ri­fices made by all UK ser­vice men and women to keep us safe and project our Bri­tish val­ues across the world.

I’m de­lighted that the Prime Min­is­ter this week seems to be call­ing time on am­bu­lance chas­ing lawyers hound­ing our coura­geous sol­diers who served with dis­tinc­tion in Afghanistan and Iraq, in or­der to make a quick dis­hon­est buck us­ing the dis­cred­ited and soon to be re­placed Hu­man Rights Act. I con­demned them last year too in the Com­mons as thieves and I was spot on.

We all know that pay­ing peo­ple to “cre­ate” vex­a­tious and base­less al­le­ga­tions, the modus operandi of smug, self right­eous Left­ist “hu­man rights” lawyers, is an af­front to due process and morally and eth­i­cally flawed. It of­fends our Bri­tish sense of fair play and sends a ter­ri­ble mes­sage to those serv­ing with un­blem­ished records and those con­sid­er­ing a ser­vice ca­reer.

It’s high time some of them were also charged with fraud and em­bez­zling the UK tax­payer too!

I saw for my­self on a visit to Afghanistan in 2008 the re­al­ity of the ev­ery­day lives and the ever present threat of dan­ger, dis­able­ment and death for those on ac­tive ser­vice there.

Frankly, it makes my blood boil that we’re prac­ti­cally the only coun­try in the world to use pub­lic money to pil­lory our own troops on often spe­cious grounds and like many peo­ple, I be­lieve that it’s high time the Iraq His­toric Al­le­ga­tions Team which has cost £57 mil­lion, was wound up for good.

The long drawn out witch hunt dat­ing back to the ac­tions of the last Labour Gov­ern­ment, needs to end and the PM is surely right that we should be proud of not just our su­perb armed

I’m de­lighted that the PM seems to be call­ing time on am­bu­lance chas­ing lawyers hound­ing our coura­geous sol­diers who served with dis­tinc­tion in Afghanistan and Iraq

forces but also our fair, en­vi­able and even handed le­gal sys­tem but we need to get the bal­ance right be­tween them. Hang­ing some brave young men and women out to dry for the ac­tions of a tiny mi­nor­ity is also a be­trayal of our Bri­tish val­ues is it not?

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