Soldiers’ lot a sorry Sir-vice, says ex-Digger Jim Duffield

[clear] James Brown, in his excellent book Anzac’s long shadow: the cost of our national obsession, makes the observation that “commemorating soldiers is not like connecting with them”, which is a point mostly appreciated by soldiers and service personnel. Nonetheless, it is more than moot, given that our national broadcaster has no defence and national security correspondent, while it does have numbers of sports correspondents qualified in all sorts of ‘Jock- and Jill-strapping’ disciplines. This unlike the BBC, which has an experienced foreign correspondent and multi-lingual graduate specifically allocated to defence. I recall a long and difficult email to-and-fro by veterans to try and get our still breathing battle casualties from […]