Shadow Defence Secretary Liam Fox has released this statement in response to a judge's warning that inadequate equipping of our frontline troops could be breaching servicemen's human rights:
“It should not take a court ruling for the Government to realise that it has a responsibility and a moral obligation to ensure that when it sends troops into harm’s way, they are the best trained and best equipped in the world. To date this Government has failed. It is shameful the Defence Secretary tried to gag coroners who have been critical of his Government’s abysmal stewardship of our Armed Forces. Many will suspect that this is an example of how New Labour will react when their backs are increasingly against the wall. This marks a new low in the Government’s attitude towards our Armed Forces and the broken military covenant.”
By way of postscript: Earlier this week Liam Fox spoke to the Washington-based Heritage Foundation about the dangers posed to NATO by the Lisbon Treaty's provisions on defence:
"Americans must realise that NATO must maintain its primacy in European security, and that any advancement of EU military capabilities must be done wholly integrated, not as a pillar, into the current framework of NATO—in support of NATO’s aims and objectives."