I welcome news that Prime Minister Theresa May has said she wants to end the “industry” of vexatious claims against the armed forces to demonstrate to soldiers that they have “our full confidence and backing”.
It comes amid mounting criticism of the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (Ihat), which was set up to investigate allegations of murder, abuse and torture by British troops.
The PM has said she will announce further details in the next few days.
While I remain open minded, I fear the Government is missing the point. What it needs to do, as a matter of urgency, is put in place a framework of support for servicemen and women facing judicial process. With a proper framework of support – legally, mentally and financially – many of these vexatious claims would be abandoned at an early stage. It is the very least our servicemen and women deserve.