A Few Good Men and One Who Deserved Snubbery
(originally / cross-posted at iowntheworld.com)
“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”.
One soldier, who I now have a huge crush on, did decide to speak with Brown.
Another soldier, who lost his right leg after being caught in a mine blast in Afghanistan, said that more than two-thirds of the 25 soldiers on the ward closed their curtains. He, however, decided to speak to Brown.
“I wanted to find out how the guy’s head worked,” he said. “I was interested in what he had made of his trip to Afghanistan and what he had learnt from it.
“I feel that even if someone is a moron, he should have the opportunity to defend his moronity. [His response] all seemed rather textbook and not from the heart.
“It is quite obvious to anyone that Brown is not concerned, it is almost as if we [the soldiers] are the product of an unwanted affair.
Sound familiar? At least no one said that Brown was speaking at “enemy camp”.
I hope it hurt him. I would like to think that he has some shame and that it did. Maybe it will be one of those ‘teachable moments’, of which the left is so fond of speaking, for him. For the soldiers’ sakes, I hope so.