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Theresa May lectures EU heads on their defence spending
03-02-2017, 05:40 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-02-2017, 05:43 PM by Spes.)
Theresa May lectures EU heads on their defence spending
I think this a bad move; best not to lecture the EU heads again Mrs May, especially where it appears you are being nothing more than Donal Trump's stooge.

Theresa May lectures EU heads on defence spending
The reason many EU member states spend less on "defence" is that, unlike the UK, they do not choose to be a military world power; no expensive aircraft carriers or nuclear submarines. Also, a lot of our defence budget is spent on Gibraltar, even though we do not need a Mediterranean Fleet any more.

As for nuclear subs, I have issues beyond cost with these. Recently, an advanced Dutch attack / surveillance sub was easily detected by the Russian fleet backing the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, so how safe are our subs from detection? The second issue is the fact that there are problems with the US built missiles / launch systems, which missile tests going the opposite direction from where they should.

I wonder, just how much money we actually need to spend on defence, and whether the following would allow for a massive and much needed cash injection into our NHS, schools, social care, council funding.

1) Ditch the subs and aircraft carriers. If we need an Internation presence, put cheaper more reliable missile systems and airfields on islands such as the Falklands / South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Pitcairn Islands, Diego Garcia and Tristan da Cunha.

2) Remove the military bases from Gibraltar, Cyprus, Germany, etc.

3) Join a European Defence Force to standardize on equipment (and more importantly maintenance) and be able to function as a proper combined military force (this would not require us giving up our own armed forces, just benefit from economies of scale and sharing / pooling of resources).

4) Invest with our European neighbours in our own military technology, not someone else's.

Defence, not aggression, not clinging onto being a world power at the expense of our defecit and essential services. Afghanistan and Vietnam proved that occupying a country that does not want to be occupied is not easy, to say the least. So, is the threat from Russia to the UK that great? To the Baltic States, yes, I think so. To Poland, probably not. To the Ukraine, maybe, but they are family anyway.

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