How on earth can removing capability and reducing forces be seen as positive? The Lib Dems' impact on defence is wholly negative
Ian Skinner - Enfield
The Coalition have serious issues over policy and it's painful to watch. What they end up with is a cobbled together policy that is no policy at all. They compromise themselves and they compromise the defence of this country and it's dependencies. It's not even got tough yet and the smiles are getting grimmer by the day. The Liberal Democrats should stick to local politics where they do a decent job. Getting mixed up with a deal like this has scuppered them as a national party for a considerable time. The Tories know this and will fight the next election without them. The way things are going, they may not make their first anniversary.
Great Britain's forces are tasked primarily with the Defence of the Realm and it's Dependencies. Our forces are up to the task, but won't be for long. The Senior Defence Chiefs must be choking on the limitations handed down by these amatuers. If you want to lose a war before you start, let the politicians dictate tactics and make decisions. Wars happen when politics have failed and that's one thing politicians are really good at, failing. After that it's down to the forces to try and put everything together again. They have done this on countless occasions, but sooner or later the Humpty Dumpty Effect comes into play and 'All the King's Horses and All the King's Men' won't be able to put Humpty together again. Then what will our interchangable career politicians do with them ? They'll disown them and then they'll disband them.
There are times for a compromise, but it's never a good situation. It means uncertainty, fudged policy and failure. This is not a good time. There never is a good time and there never will be a good time. Why can't someone come up with a comprehensive policy on defence and then go for it. Politicians should stick to what they are good at, such as . . . . . Well there must be something. Filling in expense forms, bashing their gums in Parliament, or something. It only falls to them to ensure a steady flow of funds to meet the agreed needs of the country's defence and the forces who defend it. Define the tasks with our Armed Forces then keep your nebs out. What politicians are asking for now is too biased by purely financial motives.
We need more for our cash too. There must be a way of building equipment for less money. Surely the financial experts can look at ways of keeping the money in house. It must be the way to go. How much of Defence spending goes to shareholders ? How much can we save by having nationally owned defence factories. There would be no need to make a profit as you build everything for cost alone. The cost is high anyway, but save 10% or more on the defence budget and you get wholesale rather than retail for a good bespoke piece of equipment.
Ian R - Darlington
The appalling decision to decommision HMS Ark Royal and scrap the harriers leaves a defence window open to burglars for many years. Common sense will still prevail surely.
Roger - London
b'cous they dont care about our soldiers health.
Bibek sarkar - kolkata
For nearly 60Years,we have been Talking to our Elected Member's of
Parliament on the Defence of our
Nation,and all they have done is CUT
CUT,CUT and CUT Again and Again,and they are Still Cutting.Is it worth
Talking to them anymore??????.
Francis Douglas McWiLLiams. - Inverness,Scotland.UKNDA.
It is a very good defence . can we to find essay on this website.
mohan singh - churu,india,lic