It will also be sensible to defer, but not cancel, substantial projects where a delay of three or four years will not create an irreversible degradation in our serious defence capability. Radical improvements in procurement policy, which should reduce some of the massive overspends of recent years, are already being implemented and that can be speeded up.
Not a good component to a lecture on defence policy from Rifkind. Programme delays, slippage, whatever you want to call it, invariably creates additional expenditure. The basic driver is that longer runs mean longer consumption of overheads. Life becomes interesting later in the programme when to meet an operational target, additional resources must be thrown at it by way of things like overtime working and additional sub contracted work.
As for Brown the humourless, he can afford be munificent with defence now heâ€™s got the skids under him.
Outstanding political tactics, if you ask me. Firstly, you make a vague attempt to curry favour with those who have done your dirty work over the past decade and paid heavily for it. Then, when faced with obvious defeat and succession by a set no-more capable and practically identical style-over-substance political opponents, you commit them to a financial lodestone that they will be saddled with for a very, very long time.
Enjoy writing your memoirs Brown, you woeful shitheel.
So after shafting the military for near enough 13 years (which has cost at least dozens, if not hundreds of preventable deaths) this lying cumguzzling cnutflap of a waste of flesh is now trying to cosy up to them by safeguarding something he should have years ago? In a better world ******* like Brown would be hanged, drawn and quartered as a warning to the rest.