Times Letters: "When will a government understand defence?"


The same as "Governments" will never understand health care or education or economics. The question SHOULD (IMHO) be reworded to "when will Governments start to listen to/act on the views of the "specialists" and stop trying to meddle in things they don't understand and don't stay around long enough to learn about anyway"?


Lantern Swinger
Re: Times Letters: "When will a government understand defenc

George Osborne has made himself look a complete ...nker, not because he has proposed cutting these three projects but because he has shown a complete inability to understand that any review of Defence Spending must be driven by a review of Foreign Policy. First the needs of the country must be re-examined and then, if necessary, the equipment programme reassessed to make sure the projects currently in the pipeline are absolutely essential to provide the capability to meet the foreign policy objectives. It is completely naive and illogical to go straight in and propose cutting Eurofighter, Carriers etc before reestablishing the needs of the country first. And thats quite apart from the cost of the penalty clauses that all these programmes will have built in to them which Osborne admits he doesnt know about.


Lantern Swinger
Polititians will never understand Defence needs, and why?, because..."There are none so Blind as those who WILL not see, nor so Deaf they WILL not hear"
All the parties are committed to "value for money" and "efficiency savings" and will look to the easiest things to cut.... oops, I mean rightsize, first. The reality is that, as the last Conservative government discovered once in power, there are few savings to be made in social security as only a minority of claimants are making suspect claims. No party is committed to significantly raising taxes to plug the shortfall, so deep cuts need to be made and many of these will be unpalatible. All the main parties are committed to protecting health and education expenditure, so the real cuts will have to be shared by the other spending departments. Defence is seen as an easy target following the end of the Cold War, as is cutting public service (including the armed forces) pensions and redundancy payments across the board. Politics is not really about long term consequences, but short term political expedient or ideological legacy.

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