Ben Walker – Government Must Spend More On Defence
Following the news that the government is to sell HMS Ocean, Ben Walker, ex-Royal Navy veteran and spokesman for the libertarian think tank The Indigo Group said this “is not the way to plug the holes in the Ministry of Defence’s budget”.
The selling of HMS Ocean is a huge mistake: We had a better functioning Royal Navy consisting of fishing and rowing boats during our retreat from Dunkirk than we do today. We only have 19 operational ships yet we still may be losing our ability to assault enemy-held beaches and I fear that Type 23 Frigates are next on the ‘for sale’ list.
We should be spending at least three percent of GDP on defence just to stand still and meet our current commitments, yet we ring-fence 0.7 percent for foreign aid which has been mired in controversy and potentially tens of billions in the blackmail bill to the EU.
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I am pleased there is someone in the government speaking up for defence but will Mr Ellwood be ignored by the Treasury and Mrs May? I suspect so.So, in the end, we will continue to see a reduction in our overall armed service personnel numbers, with the government’s targets for reduction being helped along nicely by Capita who need to be fired quickly, and our seaborne operational capabilities shoehorned into a limited sphere paving the way for a move for us to be engulfed into an EU defence force forever pushed for by political classes and unelected bureaucrats.