Media reports of further defence cuts have caused 23,000 people to sign a petition urging the government to stop any further cuts to the Royal Navy or Royal Marines.
The government said:
“A cross-Government review of national security capabilities is being conducted to ensure future investment is unified and efficient. No decisions have been made and the media articles are speculation.
In the face of ever-changing threats to our security, the Ministry of Defence is contributing to the cross-Government review of national security capabilities in support of the continued implementation of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review. This Review is to ensure that the United Kingdom’s investment in capabilities is as joined-up, effective and efficient as possible, and will cover areas including Defence, counter-terrorism, national resilience and cyber. This Review is on-going and no decisions have been made; any discussion of specific platforms or capabilities is speculation.
Ministers will consider the conclusions of the National Security Capability Review in due course.
Ministry of Defence”
The petition which can be viewed here states:
“This petition calls on the Government to stop cuts to Devonport-based HMS Albion & HMS Bulwark. There has been recent media speculation that the Government is considering scrapping the Royal Navy’s entire amphibious assault capabilities and cut 1,000 Royal Marines. We want these cuts stopped.”
Secret Labour plans to allow taxpayers to OPT OUT of defence spending
Records from the House of Commons dated in 2014 reveals the Shadow Chancellor at the time, John McDonnell, tried to push forward a motion to allow taxpayers to opt out of funding the military.
The UK currently spends 2% of its GDP on defence, keeping in line with the NATO minimum which only a handful of members adhere to.
£36 billion is spent on defence annually, ranking Britain as the 5th biggest defence budget in the world and the 2nd largest in NATO.
Armed Forces minister Mike Penning told the Sun: ‘Security would be at risk with John McDonnell holding the purse strings.’
”Theresa May and the Conservatives are growing the defence budget to equip us in a dangerous world, while Corbyn and McDonnell want to take the axe to our military.
Mr McDonnell’s spokesman said: ‘This is not Labour policy and will not be in our manifesto.
‘What really puts our armed forces at risk is a Tory government that has cut troop numbers by the tens of thousands, and if re-elected will slash numbers further.’
The Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has long been anti-war and is strongly against the UKs independent nuclear deterrent, Trident.
Mr Corbyn has been on recorded saying that he is “uncomfortable” with a shoot-to-kill policy.
The Conservative government plans to increase defence spending up to £40 billion a year by 2020.
In unable stable times, it is a necessity to have a “strong and stable” military.
The new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, each weighing 70,000 tonnes will start sea trials later in the year.
The Ministry of Defence has ordered to date 48 F35 joint-strike fighters which will fly off the new carriers.
Surely this sort of policy would open the floodgates for other opportunities to opt-out of vital areas of spending.
Always going private? Just cut out the NHS payments. See the problem here?
More Labour-led Cloud Cuckoo Land thinking!