Some things shouldn’t be done on a shoestring and the deployment of British troops is one of them.
There are a couple of lessons that military history teaches us. One is don’t invade Russia, the other is don’t invade Afghanistan.
The government is about to send our Airborne forces into the very dangerous southern Afghanistan with no close air support and very few transport helicopters. I am worried.
Labour are asking our forces to do more and more with less and less, our defence spending is 2.3% of GDP, the lowest since 1930. On its own that figure is not a problem but our forces are more heavily committed now than at any point since WW2.
You can have low spend and low commitments or higher spending and more commitments but defence on the cheap will end up with body bags. God I hope that I am wrong about this.