Britain is now the punchline for an international joke

  • Can you imagine, just for a second, the US Navy or Russian Navy putting an aircraft carrier to sea with no aircraft?
  • Can you imagine France scrapping the Charles de Gaulle without immediate replacement and giving up its strike capability for a whole decade?
  • Can you imagine India putting its forthcoming Vikrant class carrier to sea, but with Thai rather than Indian owned aicraft?

The questions should be seen as preposterous because they are. But these are the scenarios facing our senior service, the Royal Navy, thanks to a government that is determined to make much needed spending cuts, but refusing to make them in those areas that have been soaked in additional or wasteful spending by the profligate Labour administration.

Either the government is serious about the defence of the United Kingdom and its interests overseas, or it isn’t.

The threat to this country, while recognising there are homegrown terrorists eager to attack us, originates overseas. The people who wish to harm this country and its people train overseas. Therefore we need to be able to act to defend ourselves overseas and air power is an important element in such actions.

There is no middle ground here. The government must retain a maritime strike capability until HMS Queen Elizabeth II and HMS Prince of Wales are fully operational with the proper complement of strike/fighter aircraft. HMS Ark Royal should not be retired early. And it is ridiculous that we might only have an intermittent nuclear deterrent in future because the plans for reducing the submarine fleet mean at times we will not have an attack submarine at sea.

Billions of pounds have been swallowed in welfare overpayments and the errors have still not been fixed. Billions have disappeared into the black hole of PFI projects where the taxpayer has been fleeced. Billions have been wasted on idiotic defence procurement flights of fancy. The list continues. These things should be fixed instead of degrading our military capability. Perhaps we can copy the Russians and fill the flightdeck with inflatable decoy aircraft to give the impression we are serious about defence.

Hey, heard the one about the country that had a defence strategy that allowed it to build two supercarriers but didn’t budget for the planes they’re supposed to carry…?

3 Responses to “Britain is now the punchline for an international joke”


  1. 1 Barry 19/10/2010 at 12:46 pm

    “Can you imagine, just for a second, the US Navy or Russian Navy putting an aircraft carrier to sea with no aircraft?”

    The Ruskies parked one up for years without completing it and then sold it to the Chinese.

    “Either the government is serious about the defence of the United Kingdom and its interests overseas, or it isn’t.

    The threat to this country, while recognising there are homegrown terrorists eager to attack us, originates overseas. The people who wish to harm this country and its people train overseas. Therefore we need to be able to act to defend ourselves overseas and air power is an important element in such actions.”

    The unstated aim of our politicians is European unification. So long as Britain’s armed forces have the capability to operate independently of others that will not be achieved. Interoperability along the lines of NATO was all that should ever have been of interest and is the only rational option but for political reasons interdependence is the chosen direction.

    Military matters always tie closely to foreign policy for it is them who will be at the sharp end of that policy, and where foreign policy leads the armies follow. Our foreign policy is whatever the EU says it is. Procurement has tacked along that line for a long time (Tornado, Eurofighter, various attempts that failed and more recently the A400M) and tactics began going that way when Blair signed us up for the European Rapid Reaction Farce.

  2. 2 woodsy42 19/10/2010 at 5:45 pm

    One can only assume that this is not designed or intended to be part of a UK national force, it is part of an EU one.

  3. 3 Derek Reynolds 19/10/2010 at 8:06 pm

    Quite so, break the morale of the people through ongoing immigration introducing terror threats from within and linking them to external sources, simultaneously degenerating their indigenous national status and any form of former identity with multi-ethnicity involving faith schools, mosques, and all the trappings of societies that wish not to adapt and adopt those of the landed country, introduce ‘harmonisation’ policies through EU directives down to stated measurements in metric instead of Imperial. Follow this with sending our forces far away with inadequate materials and equipment, and now the farce of indefensible defence cuts, with a strategy designed to weaken yet further a country crippled with a deficit that represents £300,000 for every single family in GB. How to conquer: break the opponent into ever smaller pieces and bond them in a new form to ones own monolithic state structure.

    The French are striking, not just about the pensionable age, but the ever increasing divide between the haves and the have nots. They are angry with their ‘untouchable elite’ – and so should we be too. Global dominance requires global government, global banking, a global army, and a global police force. The enemy of such schemes, are the people themselves. The solution is widespread elimination, bringing population levels down to manageable amounts. Efficient workers feeding the ‘Royals’ and keeping them in ‘Jelly’.


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