Gordon Brown’s Shameful Failure To Properly Fund UK Armed Forces
The issue of Gordon Brown and funding for the UK Armed forces is back in the spotlight again today, with Brown denying at PMQ’s that he had denied funds to the forces with the unconvincing “Military spending rose every year” and will “increase in the next financial year”.
More lies, spin and deceit, unless the Military spending rose to meet the immediate need, which we know it did not, then Brown is once again being disengenous and it could be reasonbly argued has blood on his hands.
On January 10th Aardvark blogged: “Gordon Brown Repeatedly Blocked Purchase Of Life Saving Equipment For Our Troops“:
The leaked letters show Brown personally overturned earlier Treasury assurances that the Ministry of Defence would be free to spend extra cash on troop-carrying helicopters for Iraq and Afghanistan.
In one letter sent in 2004, Hoon warned that, if Brown refused to back down, “We would have to scale back on major equipment programmes.” He went on to claim that the helicopter programme in particular would suffer.
In addition to Hoon at Chilcot, there were also leaked letters from the MOD which proved Brown as Chancellor had repeatedly blocked requests for equipment that would have saved British forces lives.
While Brown stands at the despatch box with a nose ever increasing in length, as he lies about Armed Forces funding Sir Kevin Tebbit’s evidence to Chilcot is contradictory to Brown’s statements.
Sir Kevin Tebbit, the Ministry of Defence’s top civil servant at the time, said that Mr Brown, the then Chancellor, “arbitrarily” ordered the cuts just six months after the Iraq invasion as troops faced a growing insurgency.
In one of the most damning official reports published, the Ministry of Defence was accused of sacrificing the safety of members of the Armed Forces to save money. The ministry was found guilty of a “systemic breach of the military covenant” between the nation and the men and women of the Forces.
Earlier this week the inquiry heard that Britain’s defence chiefs threatened to resign after Mr Brown ordered the cuts in military spending in September 2003.
General Lord Walker, the head of the Armed Forces from May 2003 to 2006, said that the defence budget had already been underfunded by £1 billion in the years leading up to start of the Iraq war in March 2003.
Gordon Brown and Labour cannot be trusted with the care of our Armed Forces, there is money for endless quangos, money for overseas aid that mainly ends up in Swiss bank accounts, but is there enough money for our Forces? Of course not.
Posted on February 3, 2010, in Armed Forces, Labour, Labour and Armed Forces, Labour Lies, Labour Propaganda and tagged Armed Forces, Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown Fiscal Incompetent, Labour fails armed forces. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.