As General Sir Mike Jackson so bluntly put it ten days ago:
“It is our soldiers who pay the cost in blood. The nation must, therefore, pay the cost in treasure. Soldiers and their families must be properly valued.”
And even those of us who think taxes are far too high, wholeheartedly agree with that. And we expect our preening vainglorious well-behind-the-lines politicos and MOD bureaucrats to ensure our troops get the right kit.
So the coronor in the appalling case of Sgt Steve Roberts' speaks for all of us:
"To send soldiers into a combat zone without the appropriate basic equipment is, in my view, unforgivable and inexcusable and represents a breach of trust that the soldiers have in those in Government."
A breach of trust. Does it get much lower than that?
"This Enhanced Combat Body Armour was a basic piece of protective equipment. I have heard justification and excuse and I put these to one side as I remind myself that Sgt Roberts lost his life because he did not have that basic piece of equipment.
"Sgt Roberts's death was as a result of delay and serious failures in the acquisition and support chain that resulted in a significant shortage within his fighting unit of Enhanced Combat Body Armour, none being available for him to wear."
You know what? I feel ashamed.
I feel like I should resign.
And do you know how much treasure MOD actually saved by sending those 2,000 British soldiers into combat without this basic lifesaver, and directly causing Sgt Roberts' death?
The £746m cost of poncing up MOD's HQ in Westminster?
The £83m price of one of those crooked Eurofighters?
It was just £334,000
2,000 times £167.
We know it already, but Blair, Hoon and all the rest of them deserve nothing but our absolute contempt.