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.