Defence budgets are under huge pressure because of the cost of Iraq and Afghanistan and the planes that the ships were meant to carry wouldn’t have been ready for years after the ships came into service. These two things alone put a huge question mark over the project.
I was also a little bit sceptical about the process, the Navy accepted some serious cuts on the promise of the two new carriers. The cuts have happened and now the carriers have been cut too, all very neatly done!
The government needs to think carefully about the role in the world that they want to play and tailor the armed forces accordingly. At the moment we are trying to be the world police with the budget of the local park wardens. It can’t go on.