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Brilliant British coroners, soldiers, and families – dud government

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The Scotsman reports,

Captain James Philippson, of 7 Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery, died in a firefight where the British troops were "totally outgunned by the Taleban", an inquest heard yesterday. His death was squarely blamed on the Ministry of Defence, rather than the enemy fighters, by assistant Oxford coroner Andrew Walker.

Capt Philippson, 29, was shot in the head as he tried to save stricken comrades on 11 June, 2006, while deployed near the town of Sangin. . .

Tony Philippson, Capt Philippson's father, said the Taleban had better equipment that night than his son's unit.

On who was to blame, he said: "This is not just the MoD, it is the Treasury and the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, now Prime Minister, the miserable and parsimonious Gordon Brown." He vowed to pursue the MoD until someone was held accountable.

In the deployment to Helmand, British forces had been sent without machine guns and had to leave behind grenade launchers as they had no mountings for their Land Rovers.

The result was "a bunch of terrorists outgunning the British Army on two occasions on the same night," Mr Philippson said.

In a separate inquest yesterday, the Wiltshire coroner, David Masters, demanded a review of armed-forces spending as he delivered his conclusions on the deaths of Lance Sergeant Chris Casey and Lance Corporal Kirk Redpath, killed in Iraq.

The coroners are speaking clearly. The soldiers and their families are giving their all. The government is a disgrace.

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