The father of Capt. James Philippson has pointed the finger of blame squarely at Gordon Brown saying, “They were outgunned by a bunch of terrorists. I do hold the Ministry of Defence (MoD) responsible for James’s death but it is not just the MoD – it goes much deeper than that.
“The Treasury and the then chancellor, Gordon Brown, will be really to blame for what happened.
Mr Philippson was responding to the damning report of Deputy Oxfordshire Coroner Mr Walker. The coroner highlighted equipment shortages as a major factor in Capt. Philippson’s death, saying that to send troops into combat without basic kit was “unforgivable and inexcusable” and “a breach of trust between the soldiers and those who govern them”.