|Hammond the current mishandler |
of the UK's Defence Dept
Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, wants the Treasury to transfer money from the English Department of Health and the English Department for Education and use it to save cuts in the Ministry of Defence.
According to the The Daily Telegraph as much as £500 million from the two protected departments’ budgets could be reallocated to Defence.
Who cares? Well we do.
Because this, of course, means that £100 million or thereby could be taken from the Scottish budget in Barnett consequentials.
Because the policies of the UK Finance Ministry have been so inefficient, and because all the forecasts made by George Osborne, so completely wide of the mark, with lower growth and falling tax revenues the Treasury is still borrowing £120 billion a year, and austerity will have to go on and on and on and on...probably forever. The Treasury now wants cuts worth £11.5 billion from Whitehall departments whose budgets have not been protected.
So instead of trimming their budgets for killing people, which would never do. they will instead trim their budgets for educating them and keeping them alive.
Why? Because there is prestige involved in having the fourth largest military spend in the world and being a big gun, if you'll pardon the pun, in the eyes of the world. Mr Cameron says that it brings us respect, so he does.
Translated into what that means to you and me, it might be that someone you love, maybe even you, could die because Cameron wants to play a big shot. A little island off the coast of Europe whose policies over the past 30 years have driven it to the brink of bankruptcy, wants to pretend that it is still a world player. Tough about your kid getting an education.
You might care to remember that the Ministry of Defence is one of the least
efficient departments of the UK government spending billions of taxpayers money on failed projects, dodgy materials and useless equipment and employing more clerks than troops. It has been overseen by a sad collection of ministerial losers; people for whom the words 'arse' and 'elbow' have approximately the same meaning... Hammond, BVI man; Fox and Werrity, the conjoined twins; Ainsworth the moustache man; Hutton, the nonentity, and Des Browne, the part timer to name, but a few. There's not one of them (or two in the case of Fox) that I'd leave in charge of teapot.
|Wedding photograph of Crafty and Werrity |
And there are Scots who, despite all this, would still vote to be a part of this joke of a union.