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Libya exposes UK's defence deficiencies

The credibility of Britain and France as world powers is being laid bare by the way in which they are being given the runaround by Colonel Gaddafi.

It speaks volumes for the Anglo-French alliance when the combined efforts of these permanent members of the UN Security Council - supposedly two of the five most powerful nations in the world - are unable to sort out a failing rebellion in a Third World country.

The coalition Government has messed up badly on defence; Britain now seems to be struggling to participate effectively even in small-scale coalition operations in a very one-sided Libyan conflict.

There was (and remains) ample scope to achieve the defence savings this country (supposedly) needs, but where the coalition Government has messed up is that it's chosen the wrong things to cut - and cut too quickly.

DR MARK CAMPBELL-RODDIS

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