Dead soldier’s mother confronts PM over lack of equipment

Author: By Wesley Johnson, Press Association

The Prime Minister was said to have been “mortified” when told of Jacqui
Janes’ distress over errors in a hand-written letter of condolence,
immediately arranging a telephone call to say sorry.

But Mrs Janes confronted Mr Brown in the 13-minute phone, telling him that her
son Jamie could have survived his injuries but bled to death, according to a
transcript in The Sun newspaper.

“Mr Brown, listen to me,” she said.

“I know every injury my child sustained that day. I know that my son could
have survived but my son bled to death.

“How would you like it if one of your children, God forbid, went to a war
doing something that he thought, where he was helping protect his Queen and
country and because of lack, lack of helicopters, lack of equipment, your
child bled to death and then you had the coroner have to tell you his every

Mr Brown said he understood, but had his own strong feelings on the issue and
wanted to offer his condolences, rather than interact in a political debate.

At one point in the conversation, Mrs Janes said: “I can not believe I have
been brought down to the level of having an argument with the Prime Minister
of my own country.”

Mr Brown denied spelling Mrs Janes’ son’s name wrong in the letter, and blamed
his poor handwriting rather than his spelling.

But she told him: “I beg to differ.”

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