... Obama et al are thinking that we Brits will once more stand 'shoulder to shoulder' with the US if push comes to Iranian shove, I think they should be aware of our current predicament before they ask.
The sheer incompetence of it all beggars belief. The MoD has 'discovered' a £1.6bn shortfall in next year's budget and is planning further cuts on top of those already announced last October. We're reduced to a surface fleet of only nineteen ships and on the table for further discussion are:
70 Tornado GR4s
Reaper and Predator UAVs
FRES Scout project
Type 23 Frigate or RFA tanker/supply ship
Further reduction in Army personnel
The rest of this sorry tale is HERE
Just to remind us all who's primarily responsible for this pigs' mess of a financial fiasco, here's a pic of the man who was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997-2007 and PM for three years, Gordon 'Pass me the Tramadol' Brown:
and a pic of the man who was PM from 1997-2007, Tony 'Ker-ching' Blair:
PFI deals like THESE don't help.
• RAF Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft: The largest private finance project. The taxpayer will be paying around £10.5 billion for 14 Airbus A330 troop transport/tanker jets with a capital value of only about £1 billion, though the deal also includes maintenance. The aircraft will not be able to fly into any war zone
• Army – Colchester Garrison: This £540 million PFI deal, to provide new military accommodation for the Parachute Regiment and others, lasts until 2039. But ownership of the land and buildings has been transferred to the Robert McAlpine-led PFI consortium until 2154, bringing allegations that the MoD has “sold off the family silver”.
Is there any wonder the current government is busy tying us into 'co-operation' agreements with France and Germany? Bloody traitors (please excuse my French) the lot of them.
They've sold the country's infrastructure (particularly in energy) to state-owned foreign companies; they've f/cked up our state education system so we're languishing in the league tables of Europe and have what can only be described as a semi-illiterate & feral underclass leeching off taxpayers; they've turned one half of our once world-renowned and respected Police Force into para-militaries and the other half into politically-correct social workers; the public sector, for the whole of the UK, takes more than 50% of the jobs - and anyone can tell you that that isn't good. Our Armed Forces are used and abused by feckless governments who must think they're moving pieces on a chessboard when they catapult troops to Afghanistan and then forget to equip them and fund them. By lack of proper regulation they encouraged your feckless bankers to join forces with our feckless bankers in the City of London and now look...! And don't even get me started on immigration and (shhh!) izla-mifi-ca-shun - that can wait for another time.
Sorry for the rant but... Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
PS I don't need to remind you that we're an unarmed nation but be careful - the UN has had you in its own sights since at least last year. I know you'll fight it.