Monday, February 08, 2010

Commanders turn on Tories over defence 'cuts' - UK Politics, UK - The Independent

The shadow Defence Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, has pledged that a government headed by David Cameron would bring back 25,000 British troops based in Germany. He said it was unjustified for such large numbers to be tied up in Europe while huge demands are being placed on the military by tighter budgets and the Afghan war.

But commanders and Whitehall officials told The Independent that Dr Fox does not understand the deployment in Germany. They argue that bringing back the troops and their families, and then building accommodation for them, would be “highly costly” and would mean that funds needed for current projects would have to be diverted.

The Tories have taken a page from the GOP and spout policy proposals that make no sense in the knowledge that people will react with their emotions and not look at them too deeply. The problem is that England is less democratic than the U.S. and there is a political class with real power that does listen and will pick crap like this apart.

Commanders turn on Tories over defence 'cuts' - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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