So a while back I heard of the ridiculous political-correctness propaganda forced upon the UK Navy; I didn’t share it on here back then, but here it is: READ HERE. Some months later I laughed a bit when I heard that the UK Military apparently are looking for “future leaders with the right personality” (to paraphrase) since there seems to be a problem with the attitude of individuals being recruited into the Military from the politically correct SJW factories….(hmmm..I wonder why?)
Apparently they are looking for people with leadership qualities … I also remember seeing that Donald Trump’s anti-transgender move was criticised by military figures here in the UK, but lo-and-behold, what did I just see over at Yahoo news? crazy.
In the middle of all of our terrorist attacks this year I decided to actually find out how big the British Military is and back then I published this: The British Military & Police Force in Numbers.
Now it has just been revealed that retired British Army General Sir Richard Barrons is sounding the alarm, which is certainly disturbing news. If this is true I have to admit that I am genuinely surprised; sure I’ve had my suspicions about the state of affairs after figuring out how small our forces are, but technologically I was convinced that we were ready for anything. Not that we apparently have “an Army that is now broadly speaking 20 years out of date.” This sounds more like the comedy that is Sweden or the tragedy that is Norway. I thought England was in a much stronger and better position; not that it takes much to be that … now that I think of it
A retired British Army general has described the UK military as “not fit for purpose” and warned that North Korea might be able to hit London with a nuclear missile “within the next 12 to 18 months”.
General Sir Richard Barrons, until recently one of the country’s most senior military chiefs, told the Commons Defence Select Committee that Britain would struggle to defend itself if attacked and any attempts to reduce the size of the Royal Marines would be “folly”.
“There are clearly existential threats to our country and they come in many forms,” he said to the cross-party group of MPs.
“They come in the form of Daesh (Islamic State), who if they could, would find weapons of mass destruction and apply them to the UK.
“We are locked in a daily confrontation with Russia, the Prime Minister said so herself yesterday.
“We are looking at North Korea which within the next 12 to 18 months will make a nuclear missile to an intercontinental range ballistic missile that could reach London and we can’t deal with that.”
He added: “We now live in an age where people who are not on our side have capability that they could, I’m not saying they will, but could, inflict on the UK homeland at short notice which we can’t deal with.”
Sir Richard had a long career in the Army which included tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.
As Commander of Joint Forces Command, he had responsibilities for all three armed services. He retired only last year, something which makes his comments all the more relevant and pointed.
He said: “The people who are in defence…they’re never going to say publically, or to themselves, or to their enemy, or to their allies, that we’re broken but when they fly, sail or deploy on the land and they look at their equipment, they look at their sustainability and they look at their shortfalls in training and they look at their allies, they know they are not fit for purpose.”
General Barrons was giving evidence to the Defence Select Committee during a session about the ongoing national security review. The review is due to be published next year and will likely result in more cuts to the armed forces.
Warning that the UK military is “close to breaking”, the retired general said that unless the Government provides more money “it will fall over”.
He added: “The first discussion in Government should be ‘how much risk are we running in the world and what do we need to do to fix it?’
“They don’t seem to want to have that discussion and so you end up with the risk of a ridiculous zero-sum discussion, both within a service…and between the services which is why you end up with, currently, a Navy that is structurally underfunded, an Air Force that is holding together a bunch of very good equipment but really at the edge of their engineering and support capacity and an Army that is now broadly speaking 20 years out of date.”