Ben Duncan, Green councillor in Brighton, had to apologise on Monday for a tweet critical of Armed Forces Day in which he described British soldiers as “hired killers.”

In what way was his comment incorrect? Has the British Army stopped paying its soldiers? Or are they no longer expected to kill?

His comment was said to be potentially offensive to people who had lost loved ones serving in the armed forces. But Armed Forces Day is not Remembrance Day. It is an event created to raise the profile and prestige of the armed forces in the eyes of the public, and to boost recruitment.

What about people with family in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere who have lost loved ones killed by British forces or their US allies? What about people form Iraq who have watched their country being destroyed as a result of the actions of British armed forces?

 

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