Some of you might recognise my quote from 25 years ago, concerning the reporting of deaths of soldiers in Northern Ireland and how the media eventually lost interest in deaths of soldiers serving there. I wonder if the same will happen now concerning Afghanistan?
Yesterday another member of 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles lost his life in Musa Qala, Helmand Province.
How many of you saw the BBC 2 programme 'Fallen' last night? I admit to being very moved by the grief of mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters in particular. After scrolling 300 names of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan the programme ended with a stone mason , with hammer and chisel cutting the names of yet more servicemen into the memorial wall at The National Armed Forces Memorial at The National Memorial Arboretum at Arlewas in Staffordshire. Since 1945, 16,000 service men and women have given their lives in service of their country.
This week, the stone-mason will be at work again.