Brown mea culpa at Chilcot?

Many British deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were not inevitable but resulted from wholly inadequate equipment such as the Snatch Landrover.

Thirty-eight British servicemen and one servicewoman were killed while travelling in what our troops call these “mobile coffins”.

When the Humvee was found to be similarly inadequate, the US sent a fleet of 12,000 entirely new mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles in just two years.

Earlier testimony revealed that it was the lack of helicopters, resulting from cuts imposed in 2003 by Chancellor Gordon Brown, which was to blame.

The grieving families hope that Sir John Chilcot will call the Prime Minister to account but I suspect the chances of a mea culpa are vanishingly remote.

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