A report out from RUSI indicates that the UK may well fall below NATO’s spending target of 2% of GDP by as early as next year. The article also further highlights that with current defence assumptions spending could fall to as low as 1.5% of GDP by the end of the next Parliament.
Cameron ever the hypocrite is banging on at European NATO members to increase defence spending to the 2% figure of GDP while at the same time allowing the UK’s defence budget to fall below the same target. He has refused to make any commitment on the UK’s part to meet such a target instead preferring to spin an Armoured Vehicle purchase for a mere £3.5 billion as somehow showing the UK’s commitment to NATO.
I am not necessarily against the UK cutting its defence budget. However I am loathe to see any British Government acting in such a hypocritical way. All this of course comes from the man who insisted we would not be having another war and is about to embark us on yet another military campaign. It is time for the government to either put up or shut up and stop talking about the UK punching above its weight. Quite clearly with defence spending of 1.5% of GDP we will not be punching above our weight but rather much below it.