Britain’s government has been rallying round Prime Minister Gordon Brown after he was accused by former defence chiefs of neglecting the country’s armed forces and of risking soldier’s lives. In response a new initiative has been announced giving armed forces veterans priority of care in the National Health Service.
But yesterday’s stinging attack from some of Britain’s most senior military figures was unprecedented:
“ If you were to go to the Ministry of Defence today you will find blood on the floor as officials rushed to slash spending programmes to meet the desparate funding situation,” said Admiral Lord Boyce.
“In my experience (Gordon Brown) was a most unsympathetic chancellor as far as defence was concerned and the only senior cabinet minister who avoided coming to the ministry of defence to be briefed by our staff on our problems,” said General Lord Guthrie.
Defence Secretary Des Brown has been defending his boss, claiming that current chiefs of staff realise the Prime Minister values Britain’s armed forces.
But the attacks will undermine Gordon Brown whose popularity has plunged to its lowest level since he took over the premiership.