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January 29, 2010


Robert Hanks

Yesterday's lunchtime news on BBC1 featured the reaction to Blair's testimony of Peter Brierley, whose son, Shaun, was a soldier killed on active service: the on-screen caption labelled him "Victim's father" - I don't think I have never seen a serving soldier referred to as a "victim" before; and the implication was apparently that he had been murdered by Blair.

I think, too, that when the media allows Peter Brierley to speak for bereaved families, they should perhaps mention that his son was not one of those killed by a roadside bomb during the occupation: he was killed in a traffic accident in Kuwait during the run-up to war.

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