An extraordinary story in Great Britain — of a grieving mother who read the prime minister the riot act when he called to apologize for misspelling her family's name and other mistakes in a condolence letter about the death of her son in Afghanistan — has moved to a new stage this morning.
"I Accept Humbled PM's Apology" is the headline this morning at the website of Britain's The Sun, which has been aggressively pursuing the story.
"Let's let's move on to what's really important — whether we do enough to protect our soldiers when we send them to war," says Jacqui Janes, who lost her son Jamie and is making the case that if the British Army had more helicopters in Afghanistan he might have been saved.
As NPR's Rob Gifford reported on Morning Edition, the story of Janes' outrage over the condolence letter she got is just one symbol of a "growing disenchantment" in Britain over the Afghan War. We'll embed Rob's full report below — but here's a key part of it that's worth listening to alone. It's Janes' recording of her telephone conversation with the prime minister, during which she lets him have it with all the fury of a mother who's just lost a child (you'll also hear Rob's voice in the middle, as he narrates):
And here is Rob's full report: