|"A lick of paint, change the oil, just like new Gov!"|
Too many sectional factions have had a finger in the financial pie and advance drafts of the final report suggest that it is trying to please all people and Treasury austerity policies but in the process falls well short of what is required to keep us safe in a dangerous world..
Military men and women in uniform simply distrust the men in suits and frankly this isn't about effective highly adaptable defence strategies for this island but a cobbling together of existing cut back programmes and a financial policy which seeks to skimp on the final delivery of each module.
Simply it is a disaster that will please no one except Jeremy Corbyn and that is on the basis none of the new bits really fit, so if a major event occurred, we would be hard pressed to mount a joined up defence.
The problem seems to be having already announced so many changes to our defence strategy, the spending revue can never start with a clean sheet, so it has to skirt around existing projects and circumstances rather than allocate defined clear cut budgets with a properly set out timetable, so some essential long term planning can be undertaken.
They've done the same to the railway industry. And there is even confusion over who will present the defence spending review. It will fall to the Prime Minister, who knows diddly squat about defence in general.
So that is why Jeremy Corbyn will be silently thanking the Tories as he well knows, this is a curates egg, only the Curate quit long ago and Mother Superior (Mrs May) has effectively taken over with the Chancellor looking over her shoulder. Omnishambles....No Mega Omnishambles....
I've repeatedly pointed out that when we do get finally get an aircraft carrier, there will be few aircraft to put on it and thankfully the Treasury is now following this blog, indeed skilled technicians are currently being laid off by British Aerospace Systems. Well as the Treasury now seems to be running the Ministry of Defence procurement programme. Some better news has just been reported by Press Association:
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