British Government spending on International Development will increase to more than £5.3 billion a year by 2007-08 compared to £3.8 billion in 2004-05; an average annual increase of 9.2 per cent in real terms. Debt relief for mainly African countries amounts to some £2.2 billion last year, while N.H.S. spending has increased by fifty percent to £96 billion; Home Office spending has increased by sixty percent since 1997, Education, teaching the mainly unteachable has increased by 51 percent: while Defence spending at £28 billion has increased during Labour’s term in office by three percent! In real terms, Defence spending has declined by over thirty-five percent!
That means we are spending less and less on supplying and paying the people we expect to lay their lives on the line for us! For purely financial and political means, the Regimental system, which has served this country for over three hundred years has been gutted; the six Military Policemen killed in Iraq died because their bloody radios wouldn’t work in an urban environment, despite the Para’s being a mile down the road! We are outfitting our soldiers with the most expensive pieces of crap ever designed, while other nations buy the best! The Royal Navy has to do more with less now than at any time since before the start of the Second World War, and has only one-and-a-half small carriers. The two promised large carriers remain just that, PROMISED! But that’s not all, the best aircraft in the world, the Harrier FA-2, designed and built in Britain, capable of take-off and landing on these carriers, was taken out of service without a replacement in sight, again purely on grounds of cost! The Royal Air Force has lost more than half it’s capability to fight, and is at present lumbered with the Eurofighter which can’t fight it’s way out of a paper bag; and is outfitted, amongst other items, with eight Chinook helicopters not allowed to fly in anything else than bright sunshine, as the Nav. systems don’t work!
The Tory Party was bad enough, but these snivelling Socialists, with their love of some fellow-traveller’s Human Rights, their hatred of the British way-of-life, as well as our military and maritime history, their self-centred dependence on ‘consultants’ and ‘focus groups’; their complete disavowal of anything which sniffs of competency or correct thinking is legendary, their unsavoury tactics in such activities as ‘Cash-for-Peerages’ and general sleaziness, far outreaching anything perpetrated by the Tories is making our country a by-word in everything which is second-rate!
But what are we promised as an Opposition? Why, it’s Our Dave, the Green whiz-kid!
I really do despair!