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01 August 2008


‘A bigger punch’ – do we need it? - preview

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee reported on major Ministry of Defence budgets last week. Here’s one Friend’s view of British military spending

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  • 9 billion contract has been signed for two new aircraft carriers
  • The government is 'proud'
  • The navy is 'thrilled'; its officers talk of 'packing a bigger punch' and 'promoting offensive airpower in the world'
  • The defence minister, Des Browne, deems the cost 'affordable' and, in Orwellian doublespeak, highlights the 'peacekeeping' role of the ships
  • The cost of the ships does not include their eighty American F35 strike planes, each costing tens of millions of pounds

    I believe this project, and our current levels of military spending, are damaging to our national interest, economically, strategically and morally

  • Ken Veitch

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