Why sacrifice the front-line military?
THERE have to be concerns surely over the Government's intention to reduce our armed forces to 150,000 men by 2020. Another 9,000 to go soon.
We see our loyal servicemen cast aside with yet another worry for these men. Where do they go? It's been said the amount of housing now needed would cover the London area in size.
Immigration, so pumped by Labour as a good thing, has seen a huge need for housing, yet many councils have seen fit not to build in past years to cover this influx. Indeed a person who has waited years for a house will see preference given to a homeless immigrant. Not only that, but far too much is given over to affordable housing when it just is not, and more attention should be given to social housing. Too many people have waited years for a decent home of their own, only to be gazumped!
To return to the forces situation, we still do not see cuts being made at the top. Time and again it's been said about too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Why should some general tied to a desk be considered safe when men who actually fight are facing the axe? These are men after all with experience, experience that can be passed on.
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There is also the concern of far-flung British protectorates like the Falklands. These people have to be on tenterhooks wondering just when Argentina will strike to claim these islands. Even more so now gas/oil has been found in those seas. Of even more concern is just how Cameron and co will solve this sort of situation. Our Navy has even fewer fighting ships than before, minus actual aircraft carriers and fighters.
Seems to me in its efforts to prove itself that our armed forces are getting their throats cut and leaving Britain very short on defences of its shores and people.
I'm reasonably sure that the French will never lend us one of their aircraft carriers although Cameron has seen fit to link proposed new carriers to the French in cost savings. France has never proved itself to be that strong an ally.
Let's face it, their security has never been that good as regards stopping illegals coming across to Britain in whichever mode possible, more like giving these people a helping hand to their land of dreams.
B J CONNELL