Much of the planned reconfiguration of our defence infrastructure is necessary and some of it long overdue. Having said that, we want no more adventures of the Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria type.
Moreover, it’s no good robbing Peter to pay Paul. Conventional capability must also be strengthened at the same time.
Patria advocates cancelling the proposed cut of 10,000 troops and instead increasing numbers by the same amount.
How’s it to be paid for? Cancel the foreign aid budget in its entirety. This would give us more than ten billion pounds a year with which to strengthen our national defence and security.