house of lords debate to mark 70th anniversary of nato
UKNDA Patron Lord West made an important contribution to the debate including the following comments:
I fear that issues of defence seem to have little traction in this place, in the body politic as a whole or, indeed, in the nation at large. Sadly, it tends to take a war to change the political and national interest in defence. There is no doubt that insufficient investment, both in intellectual understanding of the world in which we live - its relationship to our national grand strategy - and necessary defence funding, make war more likely. A splendid example of this is that 37 years ago today, the Argentinians invaded the Falkland Islands. The fact that there was tension down there was well above the radar horizon, but we were not focused on it. We withdrew HMS Endurance for a saving of £16 million. What did that cost our nation in terms of getting defence wrong? It cost us £3.5 billion, and 300 men killed, so debates such as this are crucial.
11th April 2019
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