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UK government under pressure to increase defense budget to 3% of GDP

Tuesday, June 26th 2018 - 09:03 UTC
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The British government must increase spending on the armed forces if Britain is to maintain its defense relationship with the United States, MPs have warned. The Commons Defense Committee said without further investment, UK forces would struggle to maintain “interoperability” with the US military, diminishing their usefulness as allies. Read full article


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  • LEPRecon

    Personally I agree that Defence spending should be increased, mainly because there have been too many cuts already.

    The world has become a far more dangerous place in the past few years and we need to show that we are committed to defending ourselves and our allies (especially our Commonwealth brothers and sisters).

    We have moved far too much to cyber warfare (which is becoming increasingly important) but have begun to neglect the more conventional defensive measures that we require. A balance between the 2 needs to be maintained. We need to get both aircraft carriers fully loaded with aircraft and fully operational, and we need to be investing in the future of the military. We no longer have enough people to do the job, many people in the forces are double and triple hatted, a 'jack of all trades' but 'master of none'. This needs to stop. We need more people, more money as an incentive to those people, better pensions whilst at the same time improving our weaponry and armour.

    This can't be done if you are continuously cutting the defence budget, it needs to be increased, and we need to invest in the defence of the Realm not just pay lip service to it.

    There are many in favour of paying an extra penny on the pound in tax if that money goes exclusively to the NHS. Well I'm in favour of paying an extra tuppence on the pound in tax if the revenue is equally split between the NHS and the MOD.

    Jun 26th, 2018 - 07:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic


    Jun 26th, 2018 - 09:32 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Patrick Edgar

    So ... when is Peace and no more warring in the world going to be the overall objective, and no longer being better at kicking the other ones butt?? ... Just sayin' ... I guess 75 years is plenty of time to cool off all that “peace talk”! So either, we just didn't suffer or get scared enough, or; we are all really convinced no one will be crazy enough to use some of those nuclear warheads that are out there

    Jun 27th, 2018 - 09:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Here's the take away:

    Britain couldn't fight its way out of a wet paper sack.

    You best not mess with the Huns again.

    The US won't waste its time or resources.



    Weak as water.

    Jun 27th, 2018 - 10:34 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • darragh


    I would have thought you orcs in the Russian troll farms would be watching the world cup instead of posting idiotic comments.

    Jun 27th, 2018 - 10:45 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Voice

    “or; we are all really convinced no one will be crazy enough to use some of those nuclear warheads that are out there”

    There has only ever been one nation crazy enough to do that...
    ...and what do you mean 75 years...that crazy nation has has a few wars since then...didn't actually win any ...of course...
    I'm not quite sure why....perhaps they were...



    Weak as water.
    Who knows....

    Jun 27th, 2018 - 11:21 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • JDB

    Dump the bums. The US should get out of NATO.

    Remember Ruby Ridge!

    Jun 28th, 2018 - 01:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Brits have surrendered there empire and now their homeland.

    Jun 28th, 2018 - 01:17 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Conqueror

    @Patrick Edgar. You should try asking Putin, Xi, Kim. As far as I can see it's always “the West” that is desperate for peace and its “dividend”. the British Army has a nominal complement of 70,000 and is under-strength. the Royal Air Force has 57 squadrons. It used to have 700. The Royal Navy has 73 commissioned vessels. But 36 of those are, essentially, “support” and 1 is an 18th century “classic first-rate”. that brings us down to 36. As an island nation, we should be looking at a minimum of 200. Russia has 270. China has over 480.

    The essence of “peace” is when no-one wishes, is able or dares to attack.

    Jun 29th, 2018 - 11:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lee F

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Jul 02nd, 2018 - 02:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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