“The Government is Shamefully Letting Down its People” BLASTS UKIP’s Bill Etheridge MEP
Bill Etheridge – the UKIP West Midlands MEP and Defence Spokesman – has this week blasted the Conservative government for cutting its defence spending to the point that we may no longer have any amphibious assault ships and that we may have to sack 1,000 marines.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Bill said:
I’m disgusted by the continuing attacks on our defence capability. This country is being deliberately stripped of its ability to defend itself and assist our friends.
He also said on the UKIP website:
If this were to happen, we would be unable to retake the Falklands or any other overseas territory in the event of a hostile occupation.
Tensions remain over the Falklands and Gibraltar and to disarm our amphibious capability in this way would give any enemies the knowledge that a swift occupation could not be reversed.
There are concerns that HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion could be scrapped as a direct result of the cuts, which would mean the UK could not mount any form of beach assault, which would render any defence we did have of our overseas territories redundant.
There have been threats surrounding Gibraltar from both the Spanish government (who have proven themselves incapable of running a country anyway) and the EU over the past few months, and this move to retract any prospect of defending them from any invasion seems mad to many, especially within UKIP.
Bill Etheridge went on to say:
The UK might just as well kiss the defence of overseas territories goodbye.
A government’s first duty is to defend its people. This government is failing them in a way that is shameful.”
When asked about this exact point, an MoD spokesman refused to deny that the ships were being scrapped, simply calling the suggestions “pure speculation” – almost as though there was something to hide?