Mother of Scottish soldier killed in Iraq urges Brown to pull out troops

This is video of the song by Edwin Starr – WAR (live in TV Show). Originally written against the Vietnam war. Lyrics are here.

From the Daily Mail in Britain:

Mother of Scottish soldier killed in Iraq urges Brown to pull out troops

Last updated at 12:51pm on 29th June 2007

The mother of a young soldier killed in Iraq has made an impassioned appeal to Gordon Brown to bring British troops home.

Her son Jamie Kerr was one of three British soldiers killed by a roadside bomb in Basra this week.

In a message on her Bebo webpage, Pte Kerr’s mother, Paulene Ward, wrote: “How many more families must go through this pain? It’s not funny – bring our boys home safe and sound asap.” She said Mr Brown had phoned her to offer his condolences.

But she continued: “I can’t even begin to explain the pain I’m feeling right now. My heart is breaking, I feel no pain, just numbness. I see no light at the end of the tunnel.

“My son, my action man, has been taken from me. I can’t believe I will never see or hear from him ever again. I feel empty, sad and bitter. I keep asking myself, why him?

“God only takes the good ones, so I’ve been told, but this does not help to ease my pain and grief. All who knew him will cry a silent tear. His smile lit up every room he entered. My cheeky rogue, everyone loved him, you will be sorely missed.”

Pte Kerr had phoned his mother hours before his death saying he wanted to come home. His father John Paul Ward told the Daily Record newspaper: “Jamie said being out there was not what he thought it would be. He didn’t want to be there. He was more scared than anything else. I think being out there was a reality check.”

The deaths bring to 156 the number of British military fatalities since hostilities in Iraq began.

See also here.

Brown administration: here.

4 thoughts on “Mother of Scottish soldier killed in Iraq urges Brown to pull out troops

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    SEPT 22- 29: Encampment in front of Congress – Cut off the War funds – Build a People Peace Congress

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    Congress will not end the war
    Marches alone will not end the war
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  2. Labour minister considered Tory bid

    Jul 6 2007

    Labour minister Sir Digby Jones considered running as the Tory candidate for London Mayor, it has been revealed.

    The former CBI boss is understood to have held talks with Tory leader David Cameron about a bid for the post shortly before joining Gordon Brown’s “government for all the talents”.

    The news comes amid discontent among Labour MPs that such an outspoken cheerleader for business has been given a seat in the Lords and made a minister.

    There are also complaints that Sir Digby has refused to join the party – although he has agreed to take the Labour whip in the upper house.

    Sir Digby apparently told a Tory MP he was interested in running for Mayor around two months ago.

    Mr Cameron’s office then followed up the suggestion, and the two men held private discussions about the possibility of a bid.

    However, the “trail then went cold”, according to a party source. “It seems he got a better offer from Gordon Brown.”

    Mr Cameron reportedly mused on the situation at a private dinner for the Parliamentary Party on Wednesday.

    “Digby Jones – he spoke to me a couple of months ago about standing as our candidate for Mayor,” Mr Cameron disclosed. “He said he was interested and seemed keen, but then he went off and then the idea went away.”

    Sir Digby was unveiled as minister for business and industry last week, one of a handful of prominent outsiders recruited by the new Prime Minister.


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