UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Government trying to cover its back on military kit failures says Harvey

Press Release   •   Jan 15, 2010 10:06 GMT

"The Government has continued to fritter away vast amounts of money on Cold War projects like Eurofighter and Trident," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Defence Secretary.

Commenting on Defence Minister Bill Rammell's claims that the effectiveness of the armed forces is under threat from the 'risk-averse' culture of modern civilian life, and that the public must accept that no protective measures or upgraded kit can guarantee their safety, Nick Harvey said:

“This looks like an attempt by the Government to cover its own back on equipment failures.

“It is misleading of Bill Rammell to suggest that the only issue is a risk-averse civilian culture, when there have been significant examples of kit shortages endangering life.

“The sad fact is that a lack of helicopters and armoured vehicles suitable for Afghanistan has persistently left our troops ill-equipped for their mission. Meanwhile, the Government has continued to fritter away vast amounts of money on Cold War projects like Eurofighter and Trident.

“Bill Rammell is missing the point. We need a Strategic Defence Review which looks at all areas of military spending rather than fiddling round the edges, and ensures our troops are properly equipped to do their job.”