In response to Patrick Benham-Crosswell: Hunt’s jerry-built defence policy;
Of course it’s jerry-built.
What does anyone expect from a hack politician trying to build his career and appeal to corporations like BAE Systems?
So far as I can see, what Hunt envisages is just an extension of hardware-heavy legacy projects when the UK needs to think in terms of 4GW.
Things like main battle tanks will be totally useless in this new form of conflict, where mass migration can destroy a society from within and non-state actors can wage low intensity warfare with light and improvised weapons – not to mention fighting an ideological war that delegitimises established power structures.
To be blunt, it is pointless putting an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea, or having a nice naval base in Dubai when ramshackle boats of migrants are able to cross the Channel and a handful of rowdy protesters can shut down central London for days on end.
As for Russia, this Christian, conservative power is the least of Britain’s problems. In any case, a glance at history will show that attempts on the part of a Britain to act as a pseudo-continental power have always ended in disaster.
Just look at the catastrophes of WW1 and WW2 and contrast these with the success of a sound maritime strategy as adopted during the French wars up to 1815.
Hunt is Foreign Secretary, not Defence Secretary so he was clearly saying the equivalent of ‘look at me, ma, I’m trying to be the king of the dung hill’.
The sad truth is that the Conservatives used to be the only party we could rely on for our defence, but no longer. Each and every Defence Secretary is content to agree to further cuts in our Armed Forces and Mordaunt will be no different.
By the way, I think we can see how ‘important’ our defence now is because Mordaunt is not only Secretary of State for Defence, but also keeps her equalities and women portfolio!
Unless you stop prosecuting old soldiers, you may find the current recruitment difficulties last a very long time.