Increase the UK’s defence budget 5.5 per cent of GDP
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in 1975 the strength of the UK Defence Force was 338,000 (5.5 per cent of GDP). Then in 2010 it had fallen by over a third, and it has subsequently continued to shrink to a point where we now have less than half the 1975 figure. We only manage to meet the NATO target of two per cent of GDP by including pension costs.
Sir Richard Barrons, the former Chief of the UK Joint Forces Command, said: “We have reached the point where we risk losing the ability to protect British citizens in times of great jeopardy.”
We couldn’t even hold our own back in the day when we had more manpower – forced to relinquish Basra in Iraq and pulling out of Helmand in Afghanistan where the Americans had to take over.
In the First Iraq War General ‘Storming’ Norman Schwarzkopf launched Operation Desert Storm with more than 500,000 troops under his command, so militarily speaking at least, size does matter.
The number of registered hairdressers in the UK now exceeds the total of our armed forces.
We need to return to the days when we spent enough money on our defence & military to keep us safe at home and abroad, we need to return to those days.
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