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It's not as dramatic as being made out, all these cuts. We're slightly exposed for the next few years but come 2020 we'll have most of our bang back. People forget that throughout history, the British military has always done things on a shoestring. We built the worlds largest ever Empire on the cheap.
Do they really? Because the forces have several dedicated hospitals for the wounded, the NHS provides fantastic care for them also and there are fantastic programmes for those leaving the services. What exactly are you referring to?
No, but we have to make cuts due the massive overspending of the previous Government. I coudl rattle on for ages about how exactly the Labour Government spunked your tax money up the wall if you want. We're kind of left with no choice but to make cuts. You do know that when Labour left office, we were coughing out twice the Defence budget in interest payments on the national debt, don't you? And when Tony took office in 1997 he had a £10 Billion budget surplus.... Thanks Labour for the current situation with their social engineering, jobs for votes (doubling of the civil service to create client voters reliant on the Government for their livelihood) and making 50% of the nations economy dependent on Government spending. Like I said, I can go on if you like.
It's hardly a dissolution and you're being massively over dramatic about it. I agree that Nimrod should have been kept, however. But we have some prgrammes coming down the line that could make the Nimrod obsolete anyway.
The cuts are necessary and with the massive amount of waste one could argue they are long overdue. Media hype based on nothing and Labour run councils using them as a political tool do not help.
Originally posted by CholmondleyWarner
reply to post by tommyjo
I agree with you... I kind of meant that if the same political situation that exists now existed back in 1982 in the Thatcher years then we couldn't have done anything about it.