Diamond Jubilee: The Queen no longer rules the waves - TelegraphSays it all really. What has changed about a Britain back then, and now, that we are not even worthy of being called a shadow of the Empire on whom the sun never sets? IMV it is an overall decline in morals of the people. Lazy, money grabbing, no work ethic, no motivation to excel, collusion of mediocrity, never taking responsibility, breakdown of the family, looser education standards, ad nauseum.
A serving commander in the Royal Navy, recently returned from operations, says the MoD has made it clear that no comment is to be made in public on the subject. It would have been just too embarrassing, he says. There arent many ships and those we do have are a long way away. It was just too difficult to mount a spectacle worth having. Lord West, a former First Sea Lord, the professional head of the Navy, says an attempt to stage a review would result only in national humiliation. I suppose now we could get a couple of submarines out and five or six frigates and destroyers, but it would be very small and not very splendid, he says. That gives one a feel for how things have changed. Because the number of ships has reduced so dramatically the event would be too small to make a meaningful and sensible fleet review.