The Guardian is uncritically reporting a proposed £12billion increase in the UK armed services “equipment budget”, together with a package of other measures allegedly aimed at defending Britons from Russia/ISIS or whatever the bad guy du jour happens to be. This will bring the combined UK military spending on “defence equipment and support to to £178 billion, at a time when basic public services such as schools, hospitals, and even the police are being slashed to the bone in the name of “austerity.” There is also to be a 30% increase in the UK’s “counter-terrorism budget”, from £11.7 billion to £15.1 billion.
Unsurprisingly the Guardian report offers no criticism of these announcements, nor any presentation of counter-argument. Such critique is now left to the commenters on CiF, and almost never appears ATL. So, here we’ll do our bit to reverse that, and feature some of the best comments we have found on that story.