Defence Spending

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is a bit like the National Health Service. It is a sacred cow to whom the nations of the Western world must irrevocably commit, and like the NHS any threat to or reduction in the effectiveness of NATO is met with almost condemnation.

Recently Mr Trump pointed out the disparity between defence spending by various NATO members. NATO guidelines call on nations who are members to spend at least 2% of their gross domestic product (their gross incomes) on defence. The USA actually spends 3.61% on defence; poor and impoverished Greece spends 2.38%; the UK manages to spend Continue reading

Effective medicine tastes badly

Food banks, cuts in services, cuts in defence spending, threats of cuts in welfare benefits and all sort of other economies and yet the deficit still remains and Her Majesty’s government seem unable to reduce it significantly. In order to reduce it properly we need to make massive cuts in government expenditure but the nation has no appetite for such a course of action. What then should be done?

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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