Panorama 19 Feb 07 - For Queen and Country

Check out Modfather's link. According to that BBC story, the Armed Forces Minister, Adam Ingram, quite rightly concedes in an interview that the Government should have acted sooner on inquest delays for service families.

BUT some of the extra resources allocated to the Oxfordshire Coroner for service-related inquests are about to run out. Staff contracts not being renewed, etc. Yet no mention of it being made easier to reassign inquests to other coroners, or to Fatal Accident Inquiry procedures in Scotland.

This is one of BAFF's vanguard campaigns, about to move into a new phase. We'd appreciate your comments on issues raised in the programme.



War Hero
In the small print of the link
Have you had a relative or friend killed in Iraq? BBC Radio Five Live presenter Anita Anand will take calls on 0500 909 693 tonight at 2200. You can listen on digital radio or TV or online at
Do families have to pay all their own expenses to attend the coroners inquest? If they do this must be unfair and most certainly unfair if in order to attend you have to pay for your own overnight accommodation. As a civilian I presume your more likely to be able to attend an inquest near your home location? Must be most expensive if you live in Scotland
More about the discussion and phone-in programme, Radio 5 Live after 10.00 pm, to follow the Panorama programme on BBC1 TV at 8.30 pm:

The cost of war. 132 British troops have been killed in Iraq since the war began nearly four years ago. At first the deaths made the headlines, increasingly these days they're just statistics. The families of some of them are speaking out in tonight's Panorama (BBC1, 8.30pm) and we'll be picking up the debate on our own programme from 10pm. You can read more about tonight's programme by clicking on this link
Panorama programme is on BBC1 at 2030 tonight, Mon 19 Feb.

Radio 5 Live discussion and phone-in shortly after 2200.


I've had to record it so I can watch it later. I only hope there isn't too much of the insufferable Jeremy Vine in the programme.


"One of the most inept Prime Ministers in living history". said one of the bereaved parents. I doubt he'll find much disagreement with that comment.


War Hero
Sven said:
I thought Mr Hyde and Mr Hancock spoke eloquently.

This might hurt..Sven I agree with you!

Adam Ingram on the other hand looked a complete Tw@t!

I shed a tear on that 'letter from beyond the grave'.

Made me appreciate what family and friends go through while we are out there.
Anyone know where/when i can catch it again, as i only caught the last 3 minutes. :shakefist:


Agent_Smith said:
Anyone know where/when i can catch it again, as i only caught the last 3 minutes. :shakefist:

BBC Panaroma website will normally have it on 'watch again' for the next seven days.


That was very sad. Imagine the mixed emotions if you were to receive a so-called letter from the grave.

I think that Mr Hyde especially, gave a very dignified interview, sentiments echoed by most others on this thread.

Phillip Hewitt's mother didn't come across quite so well perhaps, but then again can anyone in her position be critiscised for the way they compose themselves??

Glad I'm not the only one who cant bear Jeremy Vine...


Thursday night /Friday morning - 00:25 on BBC 1. Be prepared to have some bloke waving his hands about in the corner though