A good policy

The Telegraph

They could start by stripping foreign aid to India…but overall a sensible policy:

Millions of pounds should be stripped out of the foreign aid budget to help Britain defend the Falkland Islands, according the former First Sea Lord.

Lord West said the Armed Forces should be given a “better crack of the whip” in a shake-up of Whitehall spending amid fears the islands could not be defended from a fresh Argentine attack.

He suggested that the aid budget – set to rise to almost £11bn by 2014 – enabled countries such as India build their own aircraft carriers but the same investment was denied to the Royal Navy.

Speaking on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the conflict, he said it was “bonkers” that the Navy had just 19 frigates and destroyers remaining following defence cuts.

Small reductions in the aid budget – alongside cuts to the NHS and welfare spending – would help Britain restore its naval strength, he said.

The comments come as tensions continue to mount ahead of the anniversary of the Argentine invasion on April 2.

Last week, Argentina threatened to sue oil companies operating around the Falklands amid condemnation of Britain’s “illegal” exploitation of South Atlantic resources.

The British Government hit back, accusing Argentina of “intimidation” and pledging to “stick up” for the islanders’ rights.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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