Defence budget is misspent
Local MEP Godfrey Bloom, the defence spokesman for UKIP, on the cuts to armed services.
THE axe which has fallen yet again on our armed services was earmarked in the Conservative Party manifesto for quangoes.
Had this been done not a single serviceman would need to be sacked.
The Territorial Army is an estimable organisation, as relevant today as it was when conceived by Haldane nearly 100 years ago.
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It was never though designed for anything other than home defence.
Of course it has fought all over the world with remarkable battle honours in time of world war.
It is the regular Army which must bear the brunt of our, frankly, adventurous military campaigning.
If we, as a nation, want more than a home defence force we must have a regular Army of at least 100,000 men, Territorials being their reserve counterweight.
Paradoxically, the actual budget is adequate. It is misspent.
Replacement of the Ministry of Defence with a procurement agency one-fifth of the size and a policy to match would mean a full establishment at no extra cost.
This is not a "guns or butter" argument, sadly no modern politicians and pitifully few journalists even begin to comprehend what is required.