So, General Carter, the Chief of the General Staff, no less, tells us that Russian military might is, to quote a word, 'yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge'! To which this ex-corporal can only respond with 'hoonoo'? Or to be more precise, who didn't or doesn't know because that pronouncement comes under the heading of 'stating the bleedin' obvious'? As the Daily Mail explains and illustrates:
And Gen. Carter is ably supported by Max Hastings in an accompanying article which details the dangerous swaggering of Putin and his gangster regime and the potential threat they pose to western Europe. All very true but the question remains, what should we do about it? The 'Hawks', if I may call them that, would have us spend 'gazillions' of quid in a futile effort to match the Russians and protect Europe but, I would like to know before we start building even more utterly useless aircraft carriers, what, exactly and precisely, are our European so-called allies spending on what is, after all, their defence? For decades since the end of WWII, the Germans have deliberately under-spent on defence whilst we, up until recently, have over-spent. The result is that their economy has grown and grown and ours has struggled to keep up.
Of course, Gen. Carter did not suddenly start blowing his bugle now for no reason. A new, young whipper-snapper of a Minister of Defence has just been appointed. This boy, Gavin Williamson MP, sent to do a man's job, is eager to make his mark but, alas, his background is hardly inspiring. He studied 'Government and Politics' and 'Economics' as A-levels. He obtained a BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Bradford, and his only day job was working in a pottery factory - yeeeeeeeeeees, quite! However, he has a weak Prime Minister and no doubt he thinks he will win some kudos from the Tory party by trying to muscle her into spending more on defence. The utterly useless military 'brass' will urge him on. They don't really know why because, as usual with them, their motto is "Crack on!" irrespective of direction or aim!
The hard, brutal truth is that this country is no longer a major military power with global reach and the quicker we accept that the better.