Nick Harvey Gets Rammells job


Liberal Democrat MP Nick Harvey has been confirmed as the new Minister of State for the Armed Forces.

Born in 1961 in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, Mr Harvey was educated at Queen's College, Taunton, and Middlesex University.

He worked in communications and marketing from 1983 to 1992, mainly for City consultants Dewe Rogerson, and entered the House of Commons as Liberal Democrat MP for North Devon in 1992.

He has been the Liberal Democrats' Shadow Defence Secretary since 2006.

I suppose it is good that the two opposition defence ministers, who should have built up some expertise, get cabinet positions in defence but here are a few selected quotes from Nick

This report shows the shambolic state of the UK’s defence equipment programme

It is exasperating to learn how pervasive the culture of denial and deception among MoD officials is when it comes to acknowledging the £21 billion funding gap in defence procurement

Labour’s slow response to a clear shortage of helicopters in Afghanistan has been shameful

The sad fact is that a lack of helicopters and armoured vehicles suitable for Afghanistan has persistently left our troops ill-equipped for their mission. Meanwhile, the Government has continued to fritter away vast amounts of money on Cold War projects like Eurofighter and Trident

This is yet another example of the Government making empty promises to our Armed Forces. The brave men and women who have risked life and limb in service of our country deserve better

Mine detection equipment is clearly a vital capability in Afghanistan. With IEDs now the biggest single threat our troops are facing, any failure to provide them with enough metal detectors is simply unforgivable

Our brave service men and women have suffered enough as a result of this Government’s disastrous record on military procurement.

The Government has presided over a decade of overstretch and spiralling costs without being straight with the public about the consequences

If the Government is not prepared to resource our commanders properly, it should not be putting troops on the front line

The military campaign cannot succeed without a political and civilian surge to win over moderate elements within the Taliban and regain the confidence of ordinary Afghans

It is painfully obvious that when our frontline troops are desperately short of helicopters and airlift, we should not be pushing ahead with the costly, Cold War irrelevances of Trident and Eurofighter

These aircraft are unnecessary Cold War relics. The Government has put Britain in a position where we are being forced to throw money at this massively expensive project while our troops on the front line are crying out for the helicopters and armoured vehicles they desperately need

While there is a need for modernisation of our reserve forces, any cut in numbers could be like a slap in the face considering the massive contribution they have made

This report is a damning indictment of the lack of leadership at the MoD. It is incredible that only 1 in 5 of MoD staff feel the department is well managed

It is a dereliction of the duty of care owed to our service personnel and their families that they should have to face a battle over good standard accommodation on the home front

It beggars belief that the MoD can blow so much on poor project management while our troops are risking their lives because of a lack of armoured vehicles and helicopters

This report shows that the MoD is riddled with incompetence

Unfortunately, the military price tag will not in itself bring success in Afghanistan. We need to see all NATO allies pulling their weight, alongside greater involvement of regional partners, including Iran, to create a stable Afghanistan

The MoD’s Defence Planning Assumptions have been operating in a parallel universe for many years now

When the Government’s terrible record on major IT projects is brought together with the MoD’s catalogue of failure on procurement, it is no surprise that we see this perfect storm of incompetence

On this occasion, the lions in Afghanistan have been failed by the donkeys in Whitehall

While the British nuclear fleet has a good safety record, if there were ever to be a bang it would be a mighty big one

We must be sure that an economic downturn does not water down the support to the military particularly at a time of heightened threats


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Let's hope that it's not a situation of talk being cheap while out of office.


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flibbertigibbet said:
Biped said:
Let's hope that it's not a situation of talk being cheap while out of office.
I am not optimistic about this appointment. Did you ever see him in debates? Or read the Lib Dem manifesto?
Hell no!

I refuse to poison my mind with such drivel.
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