For the next ten years, Britain will be cashing in on military equipment worth £160 Billion. The UK government hopes to increase its war capabilities in what is being seen as an effort to prepare for further military action. Missiles, fighter jets, helicopters and drones are one of many items on their list, including the controversial trident submarine facility, which is to receive a new fleet of nuclear missiles.
Britain is facing a financial crisis and potentially a triple-dip recession. Just when the government needed to save money and cut the deficit, they instead have splashed billions of pounds on military equipment. Experts say this money on military equipment is not needed; instead it should be spent in the public sector to help society.
Chris Coverdale, an anti-war activist and lawyer says that military spending is only lawful for purposes of defence, but he sees that Britain is currently involved in aggressive wars.
Already involved in Afghanistan, Britain stepped up its military efforts by sending warplanes to assist the French in their offence on Mali. It’s the UK’s latest move of what could become a bigger military plan in North Africa.
The government’s spending plans have been constantly criticised by many analysts who believe the latest military spending is not helping the country out of recession. I asked members of the public if they thought the government made the right move. There were mixed responses.
The UK National Audit Office, which reviews public spending, warns that the costs for such equipment could be £12.5 billion higher than initially planned. Although the Defence Budget could be cut in the next few years – expenditure on military equipment will continue.