Friday, June 8, 2012

Or we could just stop fighting foreign wars.

What is it with politicians in that when it comes to savings they always look in the wrong places? Instead of cutting waste, getting rid of Quangos and fake Charity Donations, Of ridding themselves of the middle management consultant mentality or various chief executives. They immediately plump for frontline services?
THE Army will have to rely on help from mercenaries and foreign soldiers in future wars, the Defence Secretary announced yesterday.
Regiments face being axed or merged as part of Government plans to reduce the number of Army personnel from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020.
Private military contractors, Nato allies and Territorial Army reservists doubled to 38,000 with a £1.8billion investment will plug the gaps, Philip Hammond told the Royal United Services Institute.
Mr Hammond outlined plans for civilians to provide “logistics support” for frontline soldiers. Vital tasks such as catering may be out-sourced, he said, with Britain relying on foreign powers in other areas like transport.
Mr Hammond told his audience that the Army will “rethink the way we deliver every aspect of military effect in order to maximise capability at the front line”.
Only a lunatic would put the safety and transport of their armed services into the hands of factors out of our direct control, well lunatic/politician/civil servant, take your pick. The terms seem to be interchangeable these days. There's also the slight problem in that any armed force under 100,000 isn't actually an army, it's a civil defence force.
At the end of the day though, you have to look at government spending, it's still rising yet services are being cut here there and everywhere. Which beggars the question of where the hell is the money going?
It can't all be going on pensions, the NHS, green subsidies and the EU along with Quangos and Fake Charity consultants can it?
I have to admit, I'm beginning to wonder though.

2 annotations:

banned said...

"...rely on help from mercenaries and foreign soldiers" Which is what doomed the Roman Empire (plus debasing the currency or quantititve easing in Latin).

"where the hell is the money going?" Is a question I have been asking myself for the past forty years, all of which i have been tols about "cuts" and "economies" here there and everywhere.

Anonymous said...

perhaps we could employ a brave tough and motivated set of people from another country pay them less money less pensions and fight hard not to allow them to receive NHS care ( a saving none the less) I would call this regiment Durkha's or Gurkha's something like that!!! Or has that been done before and a previous government tried to dishonour and disband such a group.