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MoD considers adequate equipment supply for British troops
8 Jun 2004The Ministry of Defence is to consider giving British soldiers basic equipment such as clothes that fit and boots that don't melt in the summer, it announced today. The MoD was responding to a report by MPs that suggested that such equipment would have been "actually quite useful" during the war in Iraq and other recent military escapades.
"It's bad enough sending troops off to war without working guns or tanks that don't break down every five minutes," argued committee member Douglas Ramsbottom, "but sending them without clothes is just vulgar. I know Iraq's a hot place but the locals don't like you to run around half-naked, even when you have got a gun in your hand. It's not like Cambridge."
However, the committee's verdict was not unanimous. "Back when I was in the army we used to send young lads over the top of the trenches with nothing more than a stick and a tin hat," said Sir Gregory T Mullet. "It never did them any harm, unless they were shot at, which – granted – quite a few were, although we did have more hats back then. There's a lot to be said for a good hat, especially when you're in the army. I remember the hat I wore in at Trafalgar, great big thing it was, feathers on too."
A spokesman for the MoD said that the provision of hats would be one of a number of things under consideration in its forthcoming "Review of things we need to invade Syria/Iran", but he could not confirm whether or not they would have feathers.
Downing Street has meanwhile denied that Tony Blair is to seek a renegotiation of the Northern Ireland decommissioning process in order to supply British soldiers in Iraq with enough bullets.
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