Discussion in 'Strategic Defence & Spending Review (SDSR)' started by Bad CO, Jan 20, 2011.
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Just goes to prove that there was nothing STRATEGIC about the Review and that it has very little to to with Defence or Security.
It is purely a case of "Who cares about the Defence of the Realm? Defence is not a Government priority".
We might as well hand over defence to a public contractor.
Be careful what you wish for...lol
The SDSR did not make the really, really tough decisions that were necessary. As always happens, when faced with the massive loss of jobs that would come with real cuts - abandoning the pretend Carriers, abolishing heavy armour, scrapping all MPA, etc - the sort of thing that's needed - the politicians drew back. It doesn't matter what shade they are, all are scared of this sort of decision.
MOD is in financial chaos in-year, and as for the mid-term, that's even worse. I don't envy them the decisions that need to be made - and, this time, followed through.
Its not that complicated.
Take 10% of health and 10% off welfare and spend it on Defence. Job done.
Can't argue with this. The carriers in particular need to die a rapid and quick death. We've never going to use them and will just build them at huge expense so we can sell them off for peanuts at a huge loss.
Even if they were scrapped right now they will still have to be paid for. I suppose that argument has been done to death on a different thread though
'Dear BAE, we can't afford them, we're canceling the carrier contract. If you sue us, we won't buy anything from you again, so suck it up.
BAE are now your only choice in UK. Haven't we been clever? If you want to buy you will have to go abroad for the order - say goodbye to your next election!.
And the public really couldn't give a stuff if we do. We buy an aweful lot of gear in from abroad as it is and I don't see people storming the doors of Main Building demanding we 'but British'.
Perhaps there should be an enquiry into why BAe has been allowed to buy up every competitor who wins an order?
We will happily go overseas and will ensure that there is full media exposure as to how BAE have systematically destroyed the homegrown defence industry in this country, held us to ransom and are responsible for wasting taxpayers money.
We will then look very closely at your tax records, just for shits and giggles.
"Dear Big Dave,
I think you will find that we have bought into most of the overseas stuff as well, using the wonga that the British taxpayer has been giving us the past few decades.
Ta very much,
Yours ever gratefully
Saw the FT article on their website here but you only get one bite at the cherry unless you are a subscriber:
MoD faces fresh crisis over funding
I have lunch arranged with the heads General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. I believe you don't see eye to eye with these firms.
Get it up you.
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