Not a day goes by without the latest rumour of cuts or the need to respond to the dire state the MoD’s finances are in.
We discuss merging services, cutting programmes, destroying capability and withdrawing from operations as a means of cutting cost.
Yet despite this intense atmosphere it seems the people at the MoD public relations/news management/web team can still find enough time to tell us all something vitally important to the coming SDSR or operation in Afghanistan, the rising up the Pink List for example!
So whilst the vultures are circling, the Treasury label the MoD as wasteful, the NAO refuse to sign off its accounts and the very real prospect of irreversible and damaging budget cuts loom, one might think across the whole defence piece, the MoD might be pushing out stories about equipment, cost saving measures, think pieces on strategy and news about operations in Afghanistan.
To quote Liam Fox
“We must make sure that we make every penny spent on Defence count”
Absolutely bloody spot on Dr Fox
So can you please explain to the nation and service personnel from the RN, RAF and Army how this adds value or in any way counts?
Quoting from the article
Lt Cdr McBain is currently assigned as one of the Naval Service’s Equality and Diversity Policy Officers in the Naval Command HQ in Portsmouth. In that role she is part of a small team that develops and implements policy in relation to gender, gender reassignment, race and ethnicity, religion or belief, and sexual orientation
Why do we need a uniformed personnel to develop what are basically HR policies that could quite easily be handled by much cheaper MoD civilians or simply outsourced to HR service providers, thus neatly avoiding pension, leave and other costs?
One assumes the other services have similar organisations.
Think about this, a Lt Commander’s pay scale is £46,824 – £56,078 per year, plus pension, plus allowances, plus accommodation, plus office costs, plus IT costs and plus, well you get the point .
Lets say the Army and RAF have an equivalent, the capitation cost is likely to be somewhere near a quarter of a million pounds per year and this makes the assumption that there are no other more senior or junior ranks or MoD civilians involved in similar activity.
What does £250k buy these days in the world of defence, not a great deal, but hang on, also in the news today from the MoD is piece about the ‘black bag’ of kit issued to personnel deploying to Afghanistan that includes such luxuries as body armour and boots. Credit where credits due, this is a brilliant bit bit of kit and really does mean that the usual practice of personnel buying their own kit has largely been eliminated. The piece from the MoD described the the £3,000 price tag of the bag as ‘staggering’
One might argue with that description, especially in the current climate as it sort of implies it is a one time deal and we should all be jolly well grateful that the MoD is buying body armour instead of holding LGBT conferences or building new restaurants in Germany.
Back on the diversity theme, how many black bags does £250k buy; 85 or nearly an Infantry Company’s worth
Don’t take this as some homophobic rant, it is not
But seriously, how does this kind of activity
Make every penny spent on Defence count?
Maybe the MoD doesn’t deserve to be treated any differently from other departments, this kind of nonsense says loud and clear the MoD has more money that it actually needs and doesn’t consider itself to be at war.
Back to comparing ourselves to Gok Wan