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Tuesday 2 November 2010

We didn't have to wait long!

On the 28th of October, I blogged that Cameron wasn't worried that our two new aircraft carriers would be without aircraft; he knew they would ultimately form part of a European fleet.
We didn't have to wait long before this prediction was proved correct. Today, 2nd Nov 2010, the PM will sign a historic Defence Treaty with our old enemy, the French. Extraordinary! Brushing aside objections about the language difference or a French veto if they disagree about the role of a UK led expeditionary force, he said it made perfect sense to share resources. Or is it really the case that he has to make deep cuts in the Defence budget. It seems that every aspect of UK life is run by accountants and the defence of the realm is no different.
Can you see the British parliamentarians of the future, apologising that British sovereignty had been lost to the Chinese, say, but claiming absolution on the grounds that they acted in accordance with good fiscal procedure. Some things are too important to measure in money terms and the British Prime Minister's first duty is to protect the citizens of the UK. Subordinating UK troops to French command is, I suggest, unlikely to be a success.

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