We all know the Government has been under huge pressure from an array of sources on 2% of GDP spending.
Despite it being an arbitrary target (like 0.7% on overseas development) with little relation to any kind of rational security or risk analysis the need to achieve deficit reduction savings and the need to carry on ‘talkin a good un’ means that there was only ever going to be one way to square the circle.
MOD will make savings this yr to help govt reduce deficit. Defence will be more efficient while protecting our Armed Forces & current ops
— Ministry of Defence 🇬🇧 (@DefenceHQ) June 4, 2015
I don’t think you need one of these to decode that
A thousand slices of this
That will result in decreasing defence capability and personnel that want to leave whilst slipping under the radar of the Telegraph.
The actual figures have been detailed here, but a quick summary.
The more things change, the more they stay the same, except of course the widely trailed £1b is only £500m
Oh goody goody, defence has come out of it well.
That of course, is what they want you to think.
What would be nice if the government said something like;
You know what, we are going to spend alittle less on defence and do a little less. We think it is a reasonable risk in order to get the deficit under control because that is the real risk to the nation.
There is nothing wrong with doing less with less, nothing whatsoever.
Maybe some moral and political courage to match the courage showed on a regular basis by those that will actually be affected by this would not go amiss but efficiency savings are usually not achieved in full, which means real savings have to be obtained elsewhere.