Saturday, October 29, 2005


Collective Security - political sensitivities

If collective security is possible, how should it be funded - the blog asked on 3 and 7 September.

Present funding arrangements have led to the huge variations in military spending by members of NATO and the EU.

The UK navy seems now to envisage a future outwith the collective security of NATO or the EU - hence it intends to rely indefinitely on the largesse of the national taxpayer. The details are here and here in today's Times. Thanks to EU Referendum. No collective security, no chance of central funding.


Signs of more pressure in the UK Government to provide value for money from taxes - a parliamentary requirement for about 20 years. A replacement for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent, is in doubt. "The Treasury [sic] has also warned Mr Blair that it is worried about the potential high cost of replacing Trident, and its impact on the public finances". Link
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