On Thursday around 1800 soldiers and RAF personnel were made redundant as part of the first wave of military job cuts. Despite this we're still actively engaging in conflicts abroad in places such as Libya, which is reportedly costing the UK £1.5mn a day.
Weeks ago — before the riots, I read multiple articles arguing that the military should be above government spending cuts. I didn't agree with any of them. I don't believe the military should be above the cuts but what I do believe is that the government shouldn't expect troops to fight in wars without appropriate equipment or with too fewer personnel.
The government needs to realise that if it is to cut spending in this area then it can't be as forthright in troubled places such as Libya and Afghanistan as it has been in previous years. We can't interfere in other countries' politics, no matter how corrupt, because put simply we can't afford it.
And it's not just overseas that the government needs to curb its expectations. 'We needRead More »from The biggest government cut needs to be its own expectations