Now I admit to the fact that, from time to time, I have cause to loathe the Conservative Party. I find myself no longer a supporter of any political party. It is just that, time and time again, I find new depths of despair at the Tories. And this sort of thing is why…..
This Tweet has appeared from the official account of the Conservative Party and echoes the comments of Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon. Apparently Corbyn will “all but dismantle the Army.”
Now this is the sort of scare-mongering politics that really is very tired and very tiring. Let us just recall Theresa May chiding the police for crying wolf when it came to police cuts. That is the Home Secretary, someone who has actually cut the provision of things that make us safe, telling off the people who implement the measures to keep us safe on a daily basis. And now the Defence Secretary is saying that we are all less secure in our beds tonight because someone has been elected Leader of the Opposition.
I tend to think the security of my family has, in fact, been put in jeopardy because there are only a handful of police officers available this evening to cover a huge geographical area in South Manchester. I suspect that the security of my family has diminished because there are criminals who have escaped punishment because of the underfunding of the police and the CPS. We are all less secure because, should something bad happen tonight, the chances are the culprit will not be caught or, if caught, will not be prosecuted or, if prosecuted, will not be convicted. And that all stems from cuts made by the people @CCHQ in the name of austerity.
I would much rather that the Defence Secretary spent less time worrying about who will win the 2020 election and a little more time worrying about the state of the Middle East. I would much prefer him to focus on the state of our military under his Government. A military that now has more Generals than tanks. A military that has more horses at its disposal to fight ISIS than the aforesaid tanks.
The biggest risk to our nation’s security? I would probably put Putin and various terrorists at the head of the queue. The biggest risk to our economy’s security (whatever that actually means)? Well last time round it was the Banks that really screwed the rest of us. Right now I fear the impact of China on the economy more than Jeremy Corbyn. And the biggest threat to my family’s security? The party of law and order. The Conservatives, without a shadow of a doubt.
So, Mr Fallon, I do not worry about a man who may “all but dismantle the army”. I worry about the Government that already has.