Fucking great isn't it. Fund a war by cutting some of the people it needs to fight it. Thank god Labour were not in power during WW2.
I see they are also going to get another c17. Wow, don't push the boat out too far!
Instead of closing bases etc and trying to fight this war and continue standard commitments by closing bases, why don't they start taking this seriously and start funding it properly by stopping giving billions to other countries, stop giving single mums mansions, stop giving benefits to obvious wasters, stop giving immigrants everything they want and most of all stop lining their own pockets.
Blair and Brown are no Winston Churchills by any manner of means.
They're buying votes,you see,and they're not remotely bothered how they achieve that.The Defence portfolio doesn't stand a snowflake's chance in Hell when 'administered' by a political party with a proven history of pacifism and hostility towards the military community.Far from being 'in disarray',as the Tories would have us believe,New Labour's immigration policy has been bang on track since Day 1,and now they have spent 12 years importing 'voters'.Futhermore,they are not out of office YET....
Its simple really the MOD are at war the rest of the country is not.....so nothing to see here move along now.......another mince pie vicar!! did you watch "strictly" the other night....I see Becks is going to council tigers wife
It is Frontline first with with Nui Liebour fighting to keep in power.
The money is sent to the troops at the front to ensure they will fight for the cause and defeat the Terry Tories in the next battle, the lines which are being drawn now. If the front line troops don't get the equipment they need to fight the next battle then everything may be lost and Terry Tory may gain power and ruin everything that has been fought so long and hard for.
The frontline troops need more 42" plasma tv screens, more Â£1.600 000 mansions to house single mums and her troops. More hi-tech gadgetry is required in the battles against boredom inside prison.
Op bonus has to be paid to those troops waiting for their turn to strike fear into little old ladies collecting their pension. These old ladies may be members of the WI and therefore plotting the overthrow of the Gubment and they must be stopped.
That is why the MoD must make cuts for the benefit of the real Frontline
And how much have we spent to bail out the banks? I've lost track - Â£100bn? Something like that. Several times the defence budget in any case. BBC doing lots on this report criticising cost overruns etc.
The BBC understands RAF Cottesmore in Rutland faces closure, with the Harriers based there moving to RAF Wittering before being phased out of service altogether earlier than planned.
Harrier force was originally based at RAF Wittering &,I gather,Cottesmore does not belong to the MoD,rather the land is on a 'lease' & handed back to the local community at the end of it's use.
The Tornado force based at RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Marham in Norfolk will lose one squadron.
To become Typhoon squadrons.They are binning airframes at the end of their flying hours
and it is thought parts of RAF Kinloss, in Moray, could be mothballed. Which part I wonder? Maybe they are moving the SAR command center or closing the NMSU (Nimrod Major Serviceing Unit) which is,now,mainly civvie contractors.My money's on the latter.
No one is ever happy on this site. At last we have defence spending based on the current compelling priority and yet still people complain. There is no more money, so defence has had to cut it's cloth accordingly. Would people rather we kept harrier and tornado and did not invest in Afghanistan?
This is a war of choice, we chose to be in Afghanistan as a nation and it is not at the heart of the country - so why should defence expect kids, schools and hospitals to suffer for more flying hours? This seems an exmaple of doing better with what we have - anyone who thinks we should be on a war footing should expect to pay MORE taxes (personally) and have a worse standard of living - but I do not see anyone proposing that they (personally) have to pay any more for this war - it seems the pain should be passe don to those leaset able to afford it while arrsers continue to drip about asylum seekers, the NHS and Nu Labour.
Get a grip - the coffers are empty, yet we still get billions in extra expenditure. 22 new Ch47 MUST be good news, definitely a good swap for some knackered ASW a/c and a few worn out Tornado.