The MoD has issued a glossy brochure that yet again, tries to hammer home the point that we are globally engaged, spend gazillions on defence and meet NATO 2% GDP and 20% on new equipment targets, unlike the other slackers in NATO.
This is of course, all to try and counter the perceptions that the Conservative party is responsible for allowing the UK to exit the world stage, left.
It starts with the following;
From our overall annual defence budget – the fifth largest in the world – to our global footprint and our £163 billion investment plan for equipment, it provides the key information on UK defence
Just in case you were going to possibly forget that we have a global footprint and the fifth largest defence budget in the world.
They are trying a bit too hard though and indulge in selective quoting, errors of omission and just plain errors.
Page 1 gives us a bag of money infrographic that says we spend 2.2% of GDP, despite it falling to 2% of GDP this year, and we all know the feint of hand and creative accounting used to get to that.
Page 5 shows the dark arts of the graphic designer at work, with the total service personnel using a subdued colour yet the total personnel count that includes civil servants, in bold. No side by side comparisons with today and 2020 either, let alone a comparison with 2010.
Page 7 is particularly amusing, not sure how they put this together, have a look for yourself.
Are we really counting FH70’s and Jet Provosts, would you classify a Gazelle as an Attack Helicopter and count Challenger 1 tanks and Wessex helicopters as part of the UK’s combat strength?
See how many you can spot?