I've no idea if this has been raised before, but I'm intrigued as to whether people think that a Conservative Government (as seems pretty likely come the election) would be better for servicemen? The key questions for me are: 1. How would a Tory government address the shortfall in funding across all three services? i.e. more T45, carriers and the sailors to put in them for the navy, more airlift capacity and support helicopters for the airforce, and manpower and equipment for the army? My fear is that they will be no different from the incumbent - cutting capital programmes and doing nothing to address the pay of all three services. I think that both parties will procure Trident - not sure that there is a strategic alternative. They might improve the procurement process - but what evidence do we have that they'd do any better? 2. What would the Tories do about existing operational committments, and are they likely to commit to further ops? I'm of the view that the Tories might be less inclined to embark on more adventures with our American chums (which may be less of an issue with Obama in office). The committment in Afghanistan may increase in the short to medium term, but will Cameron reduce the numbers in his first term? 3. It is without question that Brown at best doesn't understand the military, and probably outright doesn't like it. What would the attitude of the Tories be? I'd like to think that the Tories are institutionally closer to the military, and there are far more ex-military folks in their ranks, or even on the list of candidates. Is this enough to overcome the general cynicism of politicians When competing pressures kick in? A bit of a formless list this, I know (the impact of several rather good glasses of Chianti and a very long day in the office) - but I'd be interested to see what people think.