Outside my place of work, the front section of an old RAF Nimrod aircraft is parked, ready to help celebrate and educate about “The Triumphs of Transport” as part of Moray College’s annual Science Festival. You may remember that these aircraft were scrapped by the government in 2010 as part of the Strategic Defence Review.
However, their wide range of sensors mean they are excellent for search and rescue mission, such as the hunt for lost Malaysian airlines MH370. Tragically, one part of Britain’s ‘defence’ capabilities with the potential to save lives during peacetime and ease suffering was deemed surplus to requirement, which seems rather indicative of the UK’s current spending priorities.
In 2013, Britain invested £11.3bn (or 0.7% of the overall budget) in the future stability and prosperity of struggling, war-stricken, debt-laden countries around the world, in which over 1,000,000,000 people live on less than a dollar a day. This number, however, needs to be set in context. For example, £126.2 billion was pumped into Health Care – at least £9bn. treating obesity & smoking-related illnesses, which are the direct result of people’s own foolish, short-sighted lifestyle choice. £138.1 billion, meantwhile, was paid out in British pensions, irrespective of individual’s savings or private arrangements.
Development aid rights historical wrong