Op-ed: Sunday there are reports that UK MPs have said the Ministry of Defence should be liable for forces training deaths.
Currently the MoD enjoys Crown immunity which protects them against prosecution. A Commons Defence Committee however wants that special immunity withdrawn.
Magnanimously the MoD has said it will consider the committees report but surely they should act on it?
Since the start of 2000, 135 personnel have died while training for the UK military.
In early Jun 2015 an inquest into the deaths of three men who died while trying to complete tough SAS training in July 2013, as temperatures in the UK soared, was told that the men were carrying '49lb packs'.
In June 2015 we reported:
It was a long hot summer in 2013 and people began to question just how hot it needs to get before tarmac on roads begins to melt? With sizzling temperatures in the UK the smell of tar was already starting to fill the air on some motorways. As record high temperatures were reported parts of the M25 road surface began to melt leading to road closures.
Poor planning and neglect was blamed and there followed a commitment to change the 'tests'.
But in July 2015 ITV Newsreported "SAS selection deaths: soldier serving with SAS at the time tells ITV News families will never get the truth."
Perhaps the MoD should not have choice in the matter and the Crown immunity should simply be removed?
Pres. Obama breezed into the UK late in the week allegedly to wish Queen Elizabeth I a happy 90th birthday. But meetings behind closed doors and the fact that Obama had visited Saudi Arabia ahead of the visit set warning bells ringing.
POTUS obliged Dodgy Dave aka UK PM David Cameron and carefully told the British public that in his opinion we should not vote to leave the EU.
On the agenda was the TTIP trade deal and Germany is his next destination as he is expected to tell Angela Merkel to try to sell that deal to her people.
But Sunday Philip Hammond has surprise surprise said British ground troops could be sent to Libya.
He will be preparing the way for an official announcement.
So the day after the UK celebrated the birth and death of William Shakespeare a fitting quote from the Bard is 'Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive'.