MPs celebrate boundary vote defeat
These days the Royal Navy would struggle to stop Hitler crossing the Channel. So rundown have our defences become that recently we couldn't even rustle up a warship for fisheries protection duties.
Once the world's greatest sea power, the British Navy has been reduced to the strength of a banana republic.
We have two new aircraft carriers, under commission at great expense by Gordon Brown to buy Labour votes in Scotland, without any planes to fly from them. The Ministry of Defence has recently cancelled an order for new generation of aircraft to fly off them. We haven't even got the old Harriers that would have at least given some pilot training. if not suitable for a full blown offensive.
We've already seen the MoD handing out P45s to soldiers coming back from the front line, whilst at the same time we see on our televisions, adverts for recruitment into the services. Now we have learnt that the Parachute Regiment is being forced to give up their parachutes. Now, because of budget cuts, only 80 are able to be trained. You really couldn't make it up.
Yet when Dave tries to cut the number of MPs from 650 to 600, the other MPs, and in particular the LibDems cry foul.