Some of the heaviest cuts to defence spending have been carried out by Tory governments.I don't think the Tories will be able to use that to their advantage for much longer.
Move along, nothing to see here. Whitehall trails scary figures to draw their line in the sand, Times (who hate Boris etc) big it up, the merry-go-round continues.Defence chiefs have drawn up plans to slash the army by a quarter and reduce the Royal Marines to a bit part as part of Boris Johnson’s defence and security review.The drastic cuts, which would alsowww.thetimes.co.uk
.... just leave that there for you.
I liked this comment below.Made the Telegraph, comments speak for themselves -
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Royal Marines and 20,000 troops cut to make way for space and cyber war in leaked spending review plansLord West, former First Sea Lord, warned cyber war is not 'a cheap way of doing things'www.telegraph.co.uk
It's straight out of Yes, Minister.Move along, nothing to see here. Whitehall trails scary figures to draw their line in the sand, Times (who hate Boris etc) big it up, the merry-go-round continues.
It'll be interesting to see what the focus on cyber warfare (which the Telegraph mentions today) means for numbers overall.I can live with a cut to army numbers (even a significant one) if theres an uplift to RN and RAF and the reserves are expanded and equipped to really give us the manpower depth
When David Cameron came out to Afghanistan after winning the election (I was one of those jiffed to sit and have 'an informal chat' with him - on camera and yes, I've been crated for that one) he promised extra tour pay.I remember getting a good pay hike after the Gulf War. Then Options for Change hit and promotion in my trade was closed for three years just as I was hitting the window for it. This was why I left after 12 years with a half pension rather than 22 with a full one.
The Tories gave with one hand and took with the other in my case.
Good point, Cyber should be GCHQ?I liked this comment below.
Partly for the ‘SS’ bit, but mostly due to the cool avatar name
Bicks Biederbecke6 Jul 2020 10:17AM
Cyber war but against whom? Judging by how 77 brigade is set up, it is against us..
Why are the military being cut to fund this? Surveillance is the job of MI5 and MI6.
They are creating an army within an army. With similarities to the SS.
Various military personnel have brought this to our attention but nothing is being done about it. The separation of powers is being destroyed.
Perhaps the cut in numbers (establishment) just reflects the situation up to now when the Army was unable to recruit and retain to it's establishment, so cut to what can be recruited and fully maned? Mind you with what is being said about post Covid unemployment the recruiting situation could see a dramatic improvement.I can live with a cut to army numbers (even a significant one) if theres an uplift to RN and RAF and the reserves are expanded and equipped to really give us the manpower depth