Sunday, 10 November 2013

The end of Royal Navy shipbuilding in England

As Portsmouth is reduced to a mere repair shop, Christopher Booker looks at the European dimension -

"The news that Royal Navy shipbuilding in England is to end after 600 years is only the latest chapter in the story of how, over the past 30 years, successive governments and a dysfunctional Ministry of Defence have progressively brought about the virtual destruction of our Armed Forces. Much more than is widely realised, however, there has also been a strong EU dimension to this sorry tale."

"The last occasion when our services were still able to operate in full accord with their proud traditions was the retaking of the Falklands in 1982, only made possible in the nick of time thanks to an array of ships which our cost-conscious defence secretary, John Nott, already planned to scrap. His successor, Michael Heseltine, as a fervent Europhile....landed us with the Eurofighter project, a hugely expensive aircraft initially designed to fight a Cold War that soon afterwards came to an end."

"In the Nineties, integration with Europe proceeded apace under Michael Portillo, who discussed with the French setting up a joint 'carrier force'. But it really blossomed with Tony Blair’s St Malo agreement with France in 1998, leading....to the Helsinki Accords. Their intention was to set up a 'European Rapid Reaction Force', to which each EU country would make its own contribution, with Britain’s to centre on those two huge aircraft carriers only now taking shape."

Thanks James for the link. I've blogged before on the growth of the EU armed forces at the expense of ours.

1 comment:

Keep it clean.....