Government is woefully out of touch on issue of medals

STEVE CANAVAN: A real cliffhanger in the Lakes

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Russia wishes to honour the British Arctic convoy heroes by awarding them the Medal of Ushakov.

But the desk-bound warriors at the Foreign Office – led by William Hague – have blocked the plan because ‘it would break rules surrounding the acceptance of medals.’

This is priggish, high-handed officialdom at its worst – and a betrayal of the freedom these courageous sailors fought so hard to protect during the last war.

The British Legion should immediately step in and help convoy campaigner Commander Eddie Grenfell to get together with the Russian embassy and arrange for medals to be presented.

It would celebrate great gallantry – and embarrass a government which remains woefully out of touch with the feelings of the majority.

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