Blog: The Times

The news in The Times that documents were shredded by lawyers rather than put before the Legal Aid Board is truly shocking.

If these documents had have been put before the Legal Aid Board, taxpayers’ money would not have been granted to sue British soldiers.

Thankfully, these cases against the British Army on behalf of Iraqi civilians have now collapsed – but that is hardly the point.

It is truly outrageous that Human Rights legislation can be manipulated so that Iraqi civilians can sue our troops.

The mere fact that Article 2 gives a right to life when a soldier may have to take a life makes it totally unworkable. Our military should be exempt. And those responsible for shredding documents and manipulating the system should face the consequences of their actions.

by Hilary Meredith