Gordon Brown has spent quite a lot of time trying to define Britishness. Well he need worry no more because the people of Wootton Bassett and the bereaved families of the soldiers who returned home from Afghanistan in coffins have amply demonstrated what we do in hard times.
I take my hat off to the British Legion in Wootton Bassett who, by a simple act of respect for the fallen, began a trend which has escalated to what we saw today. Hundreds lining the street paying a last homage to the young lads who recently lost their lives. Honest men and women who have brought huge credit to their little town by a simple act of respect.
The honour they bring to their community contrasts vividly to the shame of our politicians who have constantly refused to acknowledge that our troops are fighting with one hand tied behibnd their backs. Gordon Brown and David Cameron think that a few mealy mouthed words of condolence prior to PM's Question Time is sufficient. To be honest I wish they wouldn't conduct this pantomime as their complete lack of insincerity is unseemly and disrespectful.
When are any of the politicians going to join the good citizens of Wootton Bassett and pay a proper respect to the dead soldiers? Who will be the first to break ranks and find the courage to join the people? Who will be the first to risk a lynching?