The continuing saga of the shall we / shan’t we defense plan.
Apparently this is the plane that the Labour government had ordered but was rejected by the current government. Now, it appears, they have changed their minds on discovering the mind-boggling costs of installing a catapult system to our new carriers.
Personally, I think I would be doing some serious auditing of the costs being put forward here.
A whole carrier can be built for £5.2bn but just one catapult system fitted to one ship will cost £1.8bn !!!
I believe that the shilly-shallying of successive governments has brought the defence of this once great nation to its knees. Yet the government is still committing the support of our forces without the relevent infrastructure being in place.
This is akin to writing cheques on an empty account.
Defence of the nation, protection of the oppressed is not cheap. Face up to it and get on with the job.
Or else, let’s forget about colonialism, worldwide policing, protection of the oppressed and let’s declare ourselves neutral and rely on other nations to protect us.