Once again the ingenuity of ex service personnel have saved the politicians face, pulling off a remarkable achievement, getting oil workers out of Libya, no praise is high enough for these resourceful people, but I am sure they were grateful for a large slice of luck, going into a hostile environment without air support is taking a risk too far. Fortunately the military control in Libya had slipped otherwise the outcome could have been disastrous.
The headlines might just as well have been about two burning wrecks in the desert with hundreds of people dead, shot out of the sky by Libyian airforce planes, this is not how a modern society should operate, being dependant on volunteers to safeguard British interests around the world, it was bad enough having to rely on harriers for our front line defence but even worse, not having any airpower available to support our forces is criminal.
Is this the Big Society, sort out your own problems, you are on your own in the world Britain will not be able to help you, and if access to volunteers like these brave ex forces personnel had not been available, what would have been the governments response?
Governments can cut spending until a disaster faces them, look what happened when Margret Thatcher did exactly the same thing, getting rid of the carriers, the naval dockyards had to get them to Sea and save her face. Some cuts are the wrong cuts, if you have no ability to support your military with some form of Ariel defence they can be destroyed. Look at The Prince of Wales and Renown.
But politicians only quote history when they want to prove a policy which has no validity and is clearly wrong, The Big Society, look after your self, a typical conservative policy, those that have, can, those that don’t have the means, cannot.
The Government has a responsibility both to it’s citizens and the military personel it puts in harms way, they deserve better.