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Economist comment & article on Britain's armed forces

This week's Economist (31 January - 6 February 2009) has a couple of items on the state of Britain's armed forces: Comment (p9) and an article (pp31-34) discussing investment in the forces, distribution of the defence budget between the individual forces [making the case for greater investment in the Army] and Trident. It argues that although it would be fiscally tempting to reduce our international commitments and lead role (with France) in Europe, that it is not in our interests to do so, partly because of prestige and also because of our long-term strategic interests and the need to keep the USA from, in effect, reverting to isolationism.

A copy is (usually) available in RUSI Library.
 

scouse

War Hero
Thingys avtar???Location: Feeling better..... Must be the snow flakes passing my bedroom window! :oops: :oops: Any one help with the words of the navy song!!! A piece of A**E came floating past my window . In September, in the rain????
 

stirling2

Banned
scouse said:
Thingys avtar???Location: Feeling better..... Must be the snow flakes passing my bedroom window! :oops: :oops: Any one help with the words of the navy song!!! A piece of A**E came floating past my window . In September, in the rain????

Thought it was Feed of arse.....like you I cannot remember anymore of the song. :D
 

scouse

War Hero
stirling said:
scouse said:
Thingys avtar???Location: Feeling better..... Must be the snow flakes passing my bedroom window! :oops: :oops: Any one help with the words of the navy song!!! A piece of A**E came floating past my window . In September, in the rain????

Thought it was Feed of arse.....like you I cannot remember anymore of the song. :D
yep thats it!!! for starters
 

Karma

War Hero
thingy said:
I just received my copy through the post so only spotted it last night. I didn't know there was an electronic link available for non-subscribers.

That's about a week later, I got the current issue yesterday.

The articles will probably slip behind the subscription barrier in about another week.
 

scouse

War Hero
stirling said:
scouse said:
Thingys avtar???Location: Feeling better..... Must be the snow flakes passing my bedroom window! :oops: :oops: Any one help with the words of the navy song!!! A piece of A**E came floating past my window . In September, in the rain????

Thought it was Feed of arse.....like you I cannot remember anymore of the song. :D
found it :oops: :oops:
We're the twins ding-a-ling-a-ling,
We're the twins ding-a-ling-a-ling,
We're the brothers St John,
Aand you know where we're from,
When we're out - SHAVE OFF,
There's no doubt - SHAVE OFF
We're so much alike in our figure and form,
When we stroll along the old prom, prom.
Where the brass bands play tiddly-om-pom-pom.
People sayas we pass, there goes two feeds of arse. :wink: :wink:
Me and my brother St John.

(Second Chorus - to the second tune).
Oh, in with it out with it,
Don't muck about with it,
Glorious gift of the gods,
Old ladies pray for it,
Brown Hatters pay for it,
Knob, glorious knob.

In the summertime you know,
To the seaside we go,
Where the air is so fresh and so breezy.
We sit on the sands,
With our pricks in our hands,
Admiring the figures and faces,
We've travelled the world,
From near and from far,
And if you don'y know us,
Then heres who we are.
 
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