Yesterday one of our soldiers was killed in Afghanistan - the first since 7 April, according to the Ministry of Defence. How many have been seriously injured since 7 April will not become clear for some time.
One of my friends asked if I thought there had been a ceasefire agreement with the Taliban. In the three months from 1 January to 7 April this year we lost 37 of our armed forces, yet from 8 April to date we have lost one soldier. It does make you wonder what has been going on under the cloak of purdah. But it also shows me that this war is nothing to do with security and everything to do with politics. Anyone who has ever doubted that government does not control our armed services and the military top brasses are in charge, must surely realise the truth.
Since the election was called reporting restrictions were put on all government department websites, including the MoD. Finding any information online has been virtually impossible which shows just how effective purdah has been, particularly concerning the war in Afghanistan. Is purdah relevant for a country at war? I think not.
The word itself is problematic, having old colonial overtones and relating to the controversial practice of women concealing their bodies with veils. A few years ago the Welsh assembly outlawed the term in favour of the less exotic 'pre-election period'.
During this campaign the responses from the three 'main' parties to questions about this war have been patronising to say the very least. Gordon Brown hasn't mentioned the fact that British troops could be the last to leave Afghanistan. None has mentioned a troop withdrawal timetable, with the exception of Alex Salmond in the Scotland debate yesterday. The soundbite of, "We shall stay until the job's done," echoes from John o' Groats to Lands End, but no one explains the job in detail, because they know the public are fully aware once troops are withdrawn from the country it will quickly revert to its natural power base.
Unfortunately, none of the parties has been questioned about the pension freeze for military veterans, who the government insist upon treating as ordinary civil servants. I say unfortunately because if the public were more aware of this treatment of our veterans, then they may realise Gordon Brown is certainly not doing everything possibly for our armed forces. I would much rather see my tax going to our war veterans than going overseas to countries like China and India to help them with their carbon emission projects.
NATO's Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan said recently that the foreign forces in Afghanistan could face another four years of hard combat. Mark Sedwell, a former UK ambassador to Afghanistan, also said that NATO and British soldiers could be expected to stay in Afghanistan for at least another decade.
Come next Friday reporting restrictions will be lifted. Will the 'new' government be more open and transparent with us about this war? No. They too will treat us as fools.