What angers me most is the Coalition Government’s cuts to the defence budget, despite the protestations of military professionals. Of course, the depth of the cuts were not necessary. George Osborne‘s austerity has been excessive according to most leading economists, including the IMF. Osborne is not a professional economist, with very little suitable work experience prior to high office – Osborne’s austerity is politically motivated.
Meanwhile, UK newspapers are full of related stories. Some are already worrying about the follies of military adventure. As usual, I worry about the absence of robust strategy.
Whilst, I am sure that there are special forces “advising”, as well, the deployment of six thirty year old war planes is deeply worrying.
Surely, it’s time for the UK Government to re-evaluate the UK military deterrent?