Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

A history lesson for Government

So the Government thinks it is viable to operate a navy without an aircraft carrier?

Did anyone in this Government ever read any history?

They may as well scrap any remaining Royal Marines assault ships as well.

Without effective air cover, and indeed aerial superiority, in any 'power projection (usually involving amphibious operations) they, and the remainder of the Royal Navy's fleet of frigates and a few minesweepers, may just as well be plastic ducks.

Of course, we are going to be talked down to and told there is no 'existential threat' (in the favourite contemporary phrase) that needs an aircraft carrier for the next 10 years.

Well, bullies usually get into action when they discover defenceless targets.

It seems Britain always needs a punch in the face before it gets its military capabilities right - and even then just in the nick of time.

'Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum' is the ancient, but ever-true message for David Cameron and Liam Fox.

But then they possibly did not study Latin any more than, it seems, they did history.

ROBIN WILKINSON

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