UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is decidedly unpopular among Britain's wounded warriors, and apparently many of them have no problems showing it:
Gordon Brown was snubbed by badly injured Afghan veterans when they closed curtains round their beds during a hospital visit and refused to speak to him.
More than half the soldiers being treated at the Selly Oak hospital ward in Birmingham either asked for the curtains to be closed or deliberately avoided the prime minister, according to several of those present.
The soldiers, who have sustained some of the worst injuries seen in Afghanistan, described his visit as “opportunistic” and a “waste of time”.
Furious about equipment shortages and poor compensation for their injuries, one soldier said: “It is almost as if we are the product of an unwanted affair ... The straight fact is this: we don’t like the man, he has done nothing for us and continues to kick us in the teeth over equipment and compensation.”
Morale in the British military in general is said to be extremely low under Brown's tenure. Aside from accomplishing what Napoleon, Hitler and the Japanese were unable to do, the virtual destruction of the Royal Navy, Brown has slashed military spending in general to the bone, starting from when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer. And that has meant less training time and less equipment for troops in the field.
The cuts have even extended to attempts to cut compensation and pensions to wounded or retired British soldiers, two of whom Brown's government took to court in a test case a month ago that would have slashed compensation payments to injured soldiers if it had been successful.
That sounds very much like someone else I know on this side of the pond.
None of this is particularly surprising. Labour, like the Democratic Party in America has always had a distinctly anti-military slant, whatever cheap verbiage they've spouted off.Many of them can't or won't understand that the warriors who keep the rest of us safe and enable buffoons like Gordon Brown to play politics are, at their essence, also working men deeply representative of their country doing a dangerous job.
Playing them cheap is not only morally disgraceful,but inherently dangerous.
And if they react to that kind of treatment accordingly when they're used as a political photo-op, it's understandable if disturbing.