Let me ask you a question: Suppose you are responsible for the protection of the United Kingdom from all aggressors. With that threat ever increasing, would you:
a) Increase Intelligence funding and staffing levels to meet this increased threat.
b) Implement the recommendations made in the Butler Review to improve the way our intelligence community operates.
c) Slash 121 posts from the Defence Intelligence Staff (The DIS analyses information from GCHQ, MI6 and the MoD).
I suspect that anyone of reasonable intelligence would have gone for answers a) or b) or both. Can you guess which option the MOD are going for? That's right..... c).
There is pattern emerging here. When we have an increase in childbirth rates, what do our great labour government do? They reduce the number of midwives and close down maternity wards. When violent crime is on the increase, what do the government do? They reduce the number of Police Constables and replace them with civilians in police uniform with no actual powers. When we are engaged in a level of armed conflict unseen for 40 years, what do the government do? They reduce manning levels of our armed forces and fail to provide the required level of funding to keep them safe. There are more examples of this kind of gross negligence - feel free to add to them in the comments section.
And now they want to cut back on our intelligence analysts? Priceless....