According to Guido , nice , middle-of-the-road ,fluffy ,etc.,.Nick Clegg , has decided that Britain should not have nuclear weapons , but should concentrate on "priorities" like "skoolsnospitals","Gay" rights ,useless ugly wind-mills and oh-so-effective "recycling". Apparently “We have to be realistic and candid about what we can and can’t afford as a nation”.
Here's my comment , which Guido has yet to delete .
All of the arguments against Defence spending are driven by the politicians’ need to spend on “skoolsnospitals” to secure popularity .
This is compounded by their tendency to concentrate spending on “fighting the last war”.
In the 90’s we were told that the Cold War was over , so disbanding half the army was justified – now we’re chronically short of troops .
In the 80’s Labour wanted to do away with OUR nuclear weapons to help their Commie pals and were threatening to build up British armoured units in Germany – is that sensible now ?
In the 60’s Labour and the Liberals (yes , Jeremy Thorpe did make it his key defence policy) withdrew all our troops from east of Suez . That’s why the Persian Gulf , along with much of the Middle East became so unstable and why we are unable to project power much beyond Cyprus . No rogue states or major problems in that half of the globe , so that worked out well , didn’t it ?
That same Wilson Government also savagely reduced our infantry regiments to the extent that we needed to use artillerymen , engineers and even bloody sailors as infantry in Northern Ireland just a couple of years later !
Double defence expenditure now ! Don’t fritter away our country’s power and influence on MRSA extension or the the National Ignorance and Criminality Programme which is comprehensive education !
In one way I do agree with Mr.Clegg we do need to be realistic about what we can afford . Unlike him , I would go through the public sector with a metaphorical machete in order to release enough money to keep this country safe and powerful .
Clegg wants to rely on others (very unsafe under The Obamessiah) or trust to our luck .
Or is it that Mr.Clegg doesn't believe in Britain being a nation state at all , wanting to submerge our forces in a Euro-Army ?
Sadly , it appears that our current government has the same idea .