Tuesday, 4 May 2010

No Confidence in Lib Dem Defence Plans

An open letter was published in today's Time from a number of defence experts savaging the Lib Dems plans to leave Britain undefended. The experts, including Peter Clarke, the former National Counter Terrorism Co-ordinator, Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of the Secret Intelligence Service, and General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank, former Chief of the Defence Staff, said that the Lib Dem's plans would leave Britain weakened on the world stage and vulnerable to terrorism.

Above: General Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank

These gentlemen have attacked the Lib Dem's plans to scrap control orders and the uncertainty of the Lib Dem's Trident plans and have stated that the Lib Dem's plans had escaped proper scrutiny. They also went on to say that the Lib Dem's confusion over the mission in Afghanistan left it outside the broad consensus of the two parties.

The Lib Dems have since responded to these attacks by stating that they were merely "scaremongering". Does this arrogant, high minded response not stink of Labour when they refused to listen to the experts on the mission in Afghanistan with regards to helicopters and shortages of equipment? The answer is yes, and it shows that the Lib Dems, should they be part of a coalition with Labour, will continue to harm the country and continue to harm HM Armed Forces just as Labour has done over the past 13 years.

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