I know this is an old(ish) story but is £16million for HMS Victory a good use of defence funds?
Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory is to benefit from a comprehensive restoration process which will see the ship returned to its best condition in over 200 years, it has been announced. BAE Systems Surface Ships have been awarded the £16m contract for the first five years of a ten-year programme to restore HMS Victory. The Ministry of Defence said the plans would form the most extensive restoration since the ship returned from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805
Of course this opens up the can of worms that is full of things like the Red Arrows and Kings Troop RA to name but two.
I know all the arguments about prestige, heritage, tourism, industry etc etc and they are all valid but I do question why the MoD cannot afford actual real capabilities that contribute directly to the defence mission but can afford to give BAe money for this.
It might sound churlish and small minded to question the sanity of spending on ‘heritage’ but when the hear and now is being cut, effectively to pay for it, I think it is worth raising as an issue.
Cut after cut after cut has been inflicted on the MoD’s budget but suggest cutting the Red Arrows, Kings Troop or HMS Victory and the knee jerk reaction tends to be ‘burn the witch’ but this is Think Defence, with the emphasis on Think.
Can anyone put forward a case for cutting real capabilities but spending on heritage?