EU Air Force takes shape thanks to Tories

The long planned European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) draws closer to its fruition. In the 1990s, under the last Conservative government, the plan was hatched. Then under Labour in 1998 London and Paris agreed to jointly and actively work to make the European Union ‘able to carry out some security tasks on its own’.

It is against this backdrop that Air Vice-Marshal Greg Bagwell, commander of the RAF’s No 1 Group, which controls all Britain’s fast jet combat aircraft, has said that Britain was likely to end up with only six fighter and bomber squadrons – half its current number. Air Vice-Marshal Bagwell said that one way around the shortages was to collaborate more with the French:

“It looks like we are going to twin 3 Squadron [a Typhoon squadron] with one of the [French] Rafale [fighter-bomber] squadrons. I’ll make a prediction we will have British officers flying Rafale from a carrier within a few years. I’m quite sure of it.”

That was always the intention since the Tories signed the policy. With the UK and France effectively forming a twinned military, the EU can assume control giving it that coveted ability to ‘to carry out some security tasks on its own’. It gives the EU a military force to go with its new legal personality as part of the step change to eradicating nation states.

It seems strange that senior officers of the RAF are not aware of what the politicians have agreed and the agenda to which they are working. It is no surprise that the media has been in complete ignorance, but surely the senior ranks of the armed forces should already know how they are expected to operate in the future.

All the pieces of the jigsaw are on the table waiting to be put together. When they are assembled, thanks to David Cameron, Liam Fox and William Hague, the picture will be a British soldiers, sailors and airmen ‘harmonised’ with the French, being part of an EU military force operating under Brussels’ control into which the smaller armed forces of the other member states can be inserted one by one until all of them operate under the blue flag and gold stars of the illegitimate articifical construct. Instead of focusing on the comparison between an eviscerated RAF and Belgium’s ‘air component’ the media should be focusing on the bigger picture which explains why this is being done.

Because of clueless reporters relying on press releases rather than investigating to uncover the facts of what this supposedly Eurosceptic Prime Minister and his people are doing, the country will remain in ignorance as the EU completes its aims. It’s enough to make one think they are in on the plan and deliberately keeping people in the dark…

5 Responses to “EU Air Force takes shape thanks to Tories”


  1. 1 Bill 19/12/2010 at 4:27 pm

    I do hope this is irony in action…

    It’s enough to make one think they are in on the plan and deliberately keeping people in the dark…

  2. 2 Barry 19/12/2010 at 4:55 pm

    It seems strange that senior officers of the RAF are not aware of what the politicians have agreed and the agenda to which they are working. It is no surprise that the media has been in complete ignorance, but surely the senior ranks of the armed forces should already know how they are expected to operate in the future.

    I do not believe they are ignorant of the direction and intent. They have been fully convinced of the merits to being a part player in a bigger force rather than retain full operational independence. Their hopeless management of the funds they are given aids the argument for integration.

    Recently defence ministers from across Europe agreed that the fiscal hardships they are facing should be met with speeded up integration.

    EU defense ministers eye closer cooperation amid austerity

  3. 3 WitteringsfromWitney 19/12/2010 at 6:15 pm

    AM: If by ‘they’ you mean the media – I would not definitely agree they are ‘in on the plan’ but they most certainly do not do ‘investigative journalism’ for fear of having their ‘sources’ cut off.

    Those at the top of our military most definitely have had their 30 pieces of silver, hence their compliance with what is happening.

    Now, why do I think there is a stitch-up somewhere along the line?

  4. 4 Tufty 20/12/2010 at 11:21 am

    It’s difficult to see how an effective EU air force could be created without a common language. I suppose the word ‘effective’ might be a clue.

  5. 5 Autonomous Mind 20/12/2010 at 11:53 am

    I think, Tufty, that would be a minor problem. NATO and the former Warsaw Pact countries both operate(d) using multiple languages. The international language of the air is English in any case and many Europeans speak it.


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