Defence spending

The United Kingdom spends (when you count on the basis of its population numbers) the fourth largest amount on “defence” of any country in the world. It is not as though the United Kingdom has a far flung empire which it wants to defend. There are odd pockets of colonial territory which other nations wish to acquire, but these odd pockets do not justify a massive defence expenditure. The United Kingdom is bound by treaties to various organisations which provide for mutual defence and as far as I know there are no nations seeking to invade the United Kingdom nor are there likely to be any in the foreseeable future. Continue reading