Political alternatives 2: good sense from the Green Party
Councillor Howard Allen, parliamentary candidate for Solihull, writes:
According to former US defence secretary Robert Gates, because of the latest spending defence cuts, Britain won’t have “full-spectrum” capabilities and won’t be able to be “a full partner as they have been in the past.”
What good news!
Mr Gates is a figure from another age, speaking of the geopolitics of another age. After the disastrous unilateral interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the British parliamentary vote on Syria, the age of the US and UK acting as the world’s policeman is definitely, and rightly, over.
With a Royal United Services Institute report recently concluding that Britain would not now become a nuclear-armed state if it wasn’t already one, it’s past time to call an end to our holding these hideous weapons of mass destruction, at great financial cost.
It is true we need to restructure our military, but we should be doing it to focus on defending our own shores and providing civil defence services, on providing our fair share of contributions to UN peacekeeping missions, and on building peace, security and international confidence around the world.
That’s not a ‘full-spectrum’ capability as formerly understood, but it is the right spectrum for Britain’s defence future.
Everyone will have views on how to use the billions saved by not having a pointless nuclear capability.
Continue the debate here.
Posted on January 26, 2014, in Government, Planning and tagged Civil defence, Councillor Howard Allen, Pointless nuclear capability, Royal United Services Institute, UN peacekeeping missions, US defence secretary Robert Gates. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.