Letter to the Editor: From a Harlow veteran to Rishi Sunak

Elections / Tue 11th Jun 2024 at 07:53am

Is it D-Day for Sunak?

LAST week, the entire country, its veterans and those of its allies were dealt a disgraceful and unforgivable snub by the outgoing PM Rishi Sunak.

Having attended the first part of the D-Day commemorations, Mr Sunak left early and returned to London, missing an event with international leaders and a very moving closing ceremony.

Veterans and their families have rightly condemned this appalling lack of respect. Rishi Sunak is clearly not fit to be PM and represent the UK on the world stage.

Sunak has since apologised and called for his departure not to be politicised.

So why did he leave? Firstly it appeared it was to record a TV interview for the election but now it transpires the main reason was to get back and sign off the Tory manifesto. Both of these acts are highly political and self serving to the Tory party.

As a military veteran myself, and having family and friends who have served, I feel their sacrifice and dedication to the security of our country has been dishonoured by Sunak in the most self serving of ways, for his own political convenience.

He is an absolute disgrace, I call upon all current and aspiring political leaders in Harlow to show solidarity with veterans and their families by condemning the actions of this appalling PM.


Lance Corporal Rose Morris

Women’s Royal Army Corp

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10 Comments for Letter to the Editor: From a Harlow veteran to Rishi Sunak:

2024-06-11 08:23:44

It underlines how either how little our political leaders care for or understand people’s lives, feelings, priorities or needs.

Riad Mannan
2024-06-11 08:45:13

Dear Lance Corporal Rose - Firstly thank you for your service to our country. You, your friends and family who have served in our armed forces will for sure feel insulted by the actions of the PM. He says it was a mistake, but that is spin. A mistake may be a slip of the tongue or using unsavoury language in the heat of debate. No, this was deliberate, and this was planned for days if not weeks in advance. You cannot just rock up with a helicopter and pick up a Prime Minister. Not only did he disrespect those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in war, but he let down our country and the people of Harlow who he was meant to be representing on a day of commemorations. This D-Day Dodger can account for his actions all he likes, but it is clear to me that he didn't think it was important enough to show respect to the fallen or recognise the feelings of veterans, but instead put party before country. I will also add that this isn't just him. There were Conservative people around him who must have know about this for weeks, and no one thought to say it was a bad idea? So I stand in solidarity with you, other veterans and their families to condemn the actions of this PM. The Conservative political leaders in Harlow who are campaigning to keep him PM have to give him support, and will say that it was a mistake and he has apologised. I believe neither comment will be good enough. Riad Mannan, Liberal Democrat Candidate.

2024-06-11 10:07:32

The act of leaving early was not a mistake, he clearly planned to leave early, it's yet another episode that shows Rishi Sunak is not the right person to lead the conservatives, the fact he sidestepped the members vote for leader and how he stabbed Boris in the back to advance his own political future. The Conservatives will be almost wiped out at the GE and rightly so, hopefully they spend the time in opposition to firstly find a good leader and secondly rediscover their true conservative values

James Gamble
2024-06-11 10:23:14

KB no other PM in my memory has ever directed our armed forces in this way, but this PM is a billionaire and you do not get that rich by caring about others. This is the same man that bet against British banks in 2008, 2010 causing them to fall and us having to bail them out. This is not what I would call patriotic, more like treason.

James Gamble
2024-06-11 10:24:17

Sorry not directed, disrespected.

David Forman
2024-06-11 10:55:28

The last part of the D-Day commemorations that PM Rishi Sunak avoided attending was to remember those killed at Omaha Beach in Normandy. These landings were from American, Canadian and British troops (commandos). The ceremony, as Lance Corporal Morris says, involved International leaders including President Joe Biden, President Emmanuel Macron and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. To show disrespect to these heads of state, D-Day veterans and the families of fallen soldiers is an absolute disgrace. This is probably the last commemoration where D-Day veterans will be present. The Conservative Party deserve everything they get on July 4th and Sunak will probably be toast the following day.

2024-06-11 15:24:55

He has absolutely nothing in common with your average British voter and has no interest in Britain or our history. You can net that shortly after he gets booted out of Downing St in a few weeks time, he'll be off to America for good to pursue his business interests out there. He already has green cards for himself and his family. Good riddance.

2024-06-12 07:47:21

Raid: point of order: the D-Day Dodgers weren't Dodgers at all but men in regiments fighting on other bloody fronts. I doubt they would count Mr Sunak as one of their number.

2024-06-12 07:48:43

Riad: point of order: the D-Day Dodgers weren't Dodgers at all but men in regiments fighting on other bloody fronts. I doubt they would count Mr Sunak as one of their number.

Riad Mannan
2024-06-12 11:01:43

Nostradamus, - indeed, I stand corrected.

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