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Telegraph: "We Must Fund The Armed Forces Properly – Before Disaster Strikes"

tomcat24

Lantern Swinger
The pivot to the Pacific was known long ago, and the last plan was simply an excessive Monetarist/right-wing move to curb finances and balance budgets
 
As is so often, the comments to the Article speak volumes about the subject yer man Nelson was writing about. I notice that he made no mention of Defence accounting for a miserable 2% of GDP.
 

FAAFLYNAVY

Lantern Swinger
Before we pour more money into the defence budget colander as a nation we need to decide what the military will & won't do, once this is decided as a firm base to work from we can then fund accordingly.

As it is at the moment we just stumble from one crisis to another without any firm controls on the spending/requirements & the current 2% of GDP appears wasted to the public/voters, & 2% of UK GDP is still a hell of a lot of money to spend without any firm direction.
 
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tomcat24

Lantern Swinger
Before we pour more money into the defence budget colander as a nation we need to decide what the military will & won't do, once this is decided as a firm base to work from we can then fund accordingly.

As it is a the moment we just stumble from one crisis to another without any firm controls on the spending/requirements & the current 2% of GDP appears wasted to the public/voters, & 2% of UK GDP is still a hell of a lot of money to spend without any firm direction.

Yes they typical call for spending more is always there. But once the country gets into a conflict, people start calling "bring the troops" home.
 

Jamesb

Banned
Mod Edit: Please do not give sharp crayons to unqualified children.
 
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FAAFLYNAVY

Lantern Swinger
Re-active rather than pro-active then. Great, good luck with that...
No not at all, once you've decided what you will & won't do & allow a bit of wriggle room you can fund accordingly, that is being really pro-active.
 
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scratching

Midshipman
Maybe they will have a crack at figuring out what it is they want the forces to do, rather than how much they want to spend and what kit they want to play with, then figuring out what to do with it.

Nah, what am I saying! Of course they won't!
 

FAAFLYNAVY

Lantern Swinger
Yes they typical call for spending more is always there. But once the country gets into a conflict, people start calling "bring the troops" home.

The main reason the voting masses call for the troops to be brought back home is they don't consider their involvement to be justified or in our national interest.

Their supposed to be under the control of the ministry of defence.

Not the ministry of hanging onto the Americans coattails regardless.

Or the ministry of poking our noses into other nations affairs/business.

Or the ministry of trying to make some no-mark politician look/feel important.

End of rant.
 
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