If Brown picks a fight with the Army….

he will lose, and lose badly.

The government have committed the British armed forces to an unprecedented number of conflicts, the Balkans, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iran and Afghanistan. Yet during Labour’s time in office defence spending has fallen as a % of GDP every year, it now stands at the lowest level since Ramsey MacDonald was Prime Minister (he was Labour too).

The military usually keep themselves publicly politically neutral, even into retirement. That five former defence chiefs so passionately criticised the government and the Prime Minister indicates a deep problem.

Gordon Brown has shown how seriously he takes the armed forces by making the Defence Secretary’s job part time. Defence ministers have tried to defend themselves, Des Browne even claimed that no soldiers have complained to him about being a part timer, surprise, surprise. I can confirm that I have heard plenty of complaints from serving soldiers. The man is a joke!

Soldiers don’t go on strike, they don’t refuse to deploy, they don’t embarrass the government in the way that firemen, teachers, train drivers etc. can. That is why they have been screwed over by this government, the public is waking up to the fact and they will make Labour suffer at the polls because of it.

And not before time.

8 responses to “If Brown picks a fight with the Army….

  1. UK military spending in 2005 was 2.2% of GDP. Out of the 12 largest economies in the world only two spend more on defence as a proportion of GDP, they are USA (3.9%) and India (2.53%). We have less army personnel than any of these countries with the exception of Canada and possibly Spain. So why are we spending so much to keep them equipped?There is no reason why UK tax payers should be paying more on defence than people from all these other countries.It is quite right the UK military expenditure has fallen since the end of the cold war. The problem is that we sent our troops to Iraq to fight for oil for America. Bring them home and give them real jobs where they are safe and contribute to even high GDP for the country.Now why does the Conservative party want to keep Des Browne in the job of defence secretary when you consistently tell us what a bad job he is doing? Let him keep Scotland and resign from Defence.

  2. UK military spending in 2005 was 2.2% of GDP. Out of the 12 largest economies in the world only two spend more on defence as a proportion of GDP, they are USA (3.9%) and India (2.53%). We have less army personnel than any of these countries with the exception of Canada and possibly Spain. So why are we spending so much to keep them equipped?There is no reason why UK tax payers should be paying more on defence than people from all these other countries.It is quite right the UK military expenditure has fallen since the end of the cold war. The problem is that we sent our troops to Iraq to fight for oil for America. Bring them home and give them real jobs where they are safe and contribute to even high GDP for the country.Now why does the Conservative party want to keep Des Browne in the job of defence secretary when you consistently tell us what a bad job he is doing? Let him keep Scotland and resign from Defence.

  3. The problem is that the military obey. They are an easy target to underfund as they have very little clout within the voting public themselves. And all the money is being spent on “backup”. Not that long ago, when there were 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, there were fewer than 800 bayonets ( that’s fighting men in case some readers don’t know) It used to be 2 or 3 to 1 – NOT 10 to 1.Brown and Labour’s cowardice is shown by caving in to other groups, but underminining those who only have one weapon – leaving the life they love. I despise this government.

  4. The problem is that the military obey. They are an easy target to underfund as they have very little clout within the voting public themselves. And all the money is being spent on “backup”. Not that long ago, when there were 8,000 troops in Afghanistan, there were fewer than 800 bayonets ( that’s fighting men in case some readers don’t know) It used to be 2 or 3 to 1 – NOT 10 to 1.Brown and Labour’s cowardice is shown by caving in to other groups, but underminining those who only have one weapon – leaving the life they love. I despise this government.

  5. No doubt, James, you saw the Daily Mail piece [although it’s not our rag] about the abuse of the veterans. Steve, Tony and i have written on it and I immediately thought of you.

  6. No doubt, James, you saw the Daily Mail piece [although it’s not our rag] about the abuse of the veterans. Steve, Tony and i have written on it and I immediately thought of you.

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