What is it with our journalists, why are they so biblically ignorant and should we expect more.
The Ministry of Defence has, to an extent, asked for this. It has about 85,000 civil servants, roughly the same as the total complements of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force put together. One of the first places to start a clear-out is there. Such numbers of pen-pushers are unsustainable. Drastic reductions in this establishment are no doubt tabled for the meeting of the defence review now rescheduled for next week (it was to be on Friday but for the death of the Prime Minister’s father). So they should be
Is this from the Beano or Daily Star?
Surely the drivel about Civil Service pen-pushers would only come from someone who does not have access to the internet or because even the most rudimentary journalistic research would discover that that statement is patently absurd.
No, it’s from the widely respected (in some quarters) Daily Telegraph columnist and journalist Simon Heffer. Writing in today’s Telegraph he pontificates on the future shape of the MoD and Armed Forces.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, like one would to a small child.
THERE ARE NOT 85,000 PEOPLE IN THE MoD PUSHING PENS
We looked at this some time ago but because it is such a recurring theme worth repeating.
9,600 are in the Trading Funds, that’s the Met office, Hydrographic Office, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and the Defence Support Group. All of these provide vital services to the MoD and all but one actually return a profit.
10,500 are locally employed civilians outside the UK, educating service families children, maintaining the estate and running stores for example.
2,700 are in Defence Estates, 7,700 involved with Policing and Guarding and 2,700 in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary
For more detail click on the link above.
Another gem from Simon…
In a time of stringency the RAF appears expensive. We need the air capacity to defend our shores against anything like a 9/11 attack, and a core service to deal with other threats to our security abroad and to retain continuity of British expertise in aerial warfare. However, this is the service that must, unfortunately, be most reduced
So what part of air transport, helicopter lift, ISR and CAS that are largely being provided by the RAF shall we so easily cut.
Why do we tolerate such blatant rubbish?
Anyway, back to Dennis the Menace and Chantelle/Preston, I am sure I will find a more educated and informed view of the future security and defence of the UK.