Sometimes I don't get politicians. Weeeeell I usually dot get them to be fair, but even by those standards I simply don't know what David Cameron is playing at regarding defence cuts.
Two things need to be stated outright. The first is that the primary duty of any government to the protection of the country and it's people. Secondly it is a disgrace to cut the military whilst they are fighting wars.
These two things are self-evident.
But I'm going to deal with the political aspect of any cuts. Why on god's green planet would the Tory party be so stupid as to even think of cutting the defence budget. The labour party starved defence for decades. Their treatment of the military became a massive election issue for labour. Labour's shabby treatment and cuts of the armed services allowed the Tory party to attack them and helped them win votes. They painted the labour government as not to be trusted on defence, and for putting the lives of our military at risk through cost cutting.
Both things being true. This was a devastating attack for which labour had no defence.
This line of attack was the cumulation of over a hundred years of the Tory party being seen as the strong on defence party. Regardless of our political leanings we are a country which supports our military. They are our family and friends. We demand their support.
The pro military stance of the Tory party helped them win the election. I simply cannot understand why they would throw away this invaluable asset and allow labour and the Lib-Dems to neutralise this line of attack and win votes by attacking the Tories as the anti-military party.
It's madness and symptomatic of a isolated immature party out of touch with the realities of war and the responsibilities they have to our country and those people that defend us and whom they send to war.
That is worrying.
People bang on about the cost of defence, and usually bring up our nuclear deterrent as items that can be cut. Spending on defence items provides jobs and helps develop and support high-tech industries.
This is true. However the thing you have to remember is that our new nuclear deterrent will cost £20 billion and will have a shelf life of thirty years. Some politicians think this is too much. The Olympic Games the same politicians wanted to sooth their vanity will cost this cash strapped country over £23 billion and has a lifespan of a couple of weeks.
Which do you think is the best value for money?
Cameron really does have to buck his idea up if he wants to remain PM after the next election.
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