Yesterday was a very sad day for five families and their friends. David Cameron's young son Ivan died having struggled with serious disabilities throughout his short life. My condolences to the Camerons.
Four other sons died yesterday; three in Afghanistan and one who had been medevaced back to UK in an attempt to save his life after he was seriously injured in Afghanistan. They were adults serving in our military but they were someone's sons. There will be people who say they chose to join the services and know they run the risk of being killed - all true. But they were still someone's sons and their parents will have to endure burying their child. Some may have wives and children who are now denied their fathers.
My heart goes out to these exceptionally brave people who fight for what our politicians think is a just cause, but I certainly don't think it is and I also don't understand why Gordon Brown insists our troops are continually on the front line when other European countries refuse to have their military on front line duties.
Perhaps Gordon Brown thinks the lives of our military are cheap; after all he's never made any effort to attend even one occasion when our dead are returned.
The dead now number 149 from the war in Afghanistan but of course there are many more whose lives will never be the same because of serious injuries. Spare a thought for them too.