I have just read Peter Kirkham’s most excellent post, and rather than paraphrase or précis it, I recommend that you read it here.
All I can say in response is that the government have not made me feel any safer at all. We’re going to keep both of our new Aircraft Carriers. Oh goody. The Typhoons are staying with us for another 25 years. Great. We’re getting a shed load of Stealth Fighters, fantastic.
The government has pledged BILLIONS of ££££ for these things, and that is good.
What bothers me is that the current threat is from Terrorists and it is NOW, not in 10 years or so when the increased funding for the military etc will begin to reap its benefits.
If we are unfortunate enough to have a Paris style attack in London in the next few months, who will face it?
Will a Trident submarine surface in the Pool of London and flatten the terrorists? A squadron of Typhoons fly over the capital and demonstrate their skills at Air Strikes? No.
It will be the Police who are the first resort. POSSIBLY supported by the Army, but with the best will in the world that can’t be guaranteed.
I remain to see what Gorgeous George says tomorrow, but it’s highly likely that the very group of people who would be in the Front Line of any reply to an ISIS attack will be the biggest losers in tomorrow’s speech.
If that turns out to be true, and if we do indeed suffer an ISIS attack here, hundreds of thousands of people will never forgive, never forget and will hold the whole of Camoron’s Cabinet petsonally responsible.
If you choose to ignore the advice from professionals you do so at your own risk.