Experts can dissect his speech, his fightback moment so full of statistics and negativity towards other parties, but for me there is one statement in the speech that the PM will live to regret.
Whilst looking at Afghanistan and our military in only 3 paragraphs, he said:
“all British forces will always have
all the equipment they need
and the best support we can give.”
This is not just a bold statement, it is totally reckless as our needs are so significant: helicopters, more manpower (especially infantry and special forces), surveillance devices, reconnaissance vehicles as well as armoured protection to deal with the threat of IED’s. And yet there is no sign of any improvement in the planning or logistic processes to rectify these deficiencies. Nor is there money.
There is no possible way that the Government can stump up for everything to defeat an enemy that sets the agenda. The PM has made a commitment to our Armed Forces that he cannot deliver.