The current situation faced by the RN is reminiscent to that when King William III ascended the throne; neglected and underfunded. His ambition was to rebuild the Navy to a position of pre-eminence; his problem was the lack of funds. His solution was to borrow the money and thereby created the Bank of England and the National Debt, which are still with us. It has been mooted that our current Debt is the equivalent of the cost of all the wars fought since. There was a consequence arising from the building programme, the oak forests of Britain and Ireland were laid waste. The construction of ships was a massive enterprise that stimulated the economy and did lead to the industrial revolution. Britannia really did rule the waves as the RN won control of the seas. Control of the seas resulted in control of the world and the British Empire. Our modern desires for the RN are less ambitious and relatively less costly. We merely want to save the RN.
Our concerns about the state of the UK Armed Forces are extensive, particularly so with the RN which is at a very low ebb. Each year Navy Books publishes a Complete Guide to the ships and aircraft of the Fleet. This is authored and compiled by Steve Bush. For twenty-two years he served in the RN. On leaving in 2000 he joined Maritime Books and from 2003 has been editor of Warship World. There is no better person to comment on the state of the RN, so for your information we republish his Introduction to the 2017 British Warships & Auxiliaries. Read the rest of this entry »
CDP policies are framed by reference to the essential ‘six systems of community’ as listed in categories 2 to 7 in the sidebar to the right. Over and above those is the duty to ensure that the country is secure and stable; as this enables and allows the ‘six systems’ to flourish. Since ancient times the prime duty of a King has been to protect his subjects, mainly against external threats, but also internally by imposition of law and order. In modern times this prime duty, to protect its citizens, rests with the executive government overseen by the people’s representatives. The duty to protect its citizens can now be more widely defined to include environmental and health hazards, as well as the unscrupulous behaviour of conmen and carpet-baggers. However, for the elaboration and discussion of this category we are limiting our coverage to the three sub-elements of foreign policy, defence and civil protection.
This year the Rally and March was clearly focused on the campaign to win the upcoming referendum that will propose the rewording of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. This will effectively legalise the provision of abortion to an extent that will make abortion in the UK look moderate by comparison. The push by politicians and the extreme-left, cheered on by the news-media, has a momentum that appears unstoppable as it is supported by external forces. It is an effort that will fail because there is no substance to their superficial and irrational premise that totally ignores the humanity of the pre-born child. The massive turn-out on 1st July is indicative that the defenders of the 8th Amendment are active and organised, building on the work of the last few months, and most important are growing in number in every part of Ireland.
The Eleventh annual All-Ireland Rally for Life will be held in Dublin this year, on Saturday, 1st July, with the numbers attending expected to increase in the face of extreme pressure from the abortion lobby who are pushing hard for the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution [which provides equal protection for mother and unborn child] to be repealed. The CDP continues to support the Rally and stand in solidarity with all the pro-life groups – North and South.
This year they are closer than ever to seeing that abortion on demand is legalised following the outcomes from the Citizens Assembly considering constitutional reform in the Republic and in the North with the Alliance Party’s David Ford repeatedly tabling abortion bills in the Assembly. With the selection of Leo Varadkar as Leader of Fine Gael and Taoiseach, their overriding priority seems to be holding a Referendum on the Eighth Amendment in 2018. Much of this pressure is being orchestrated by external forces, including the United Nations.
To quote from Robert Burns poem of 1785 to a Mouse – “But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain; The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!” In plain English – you are not alone in proving foresight vain as best laid schemes often go askew, leaving grief and pain instead of joy. To that we can now add the plans of May in calling a snap general election, before completing the exit from the European Union and completing the full fixed five year term of Parliament.
TM has self-destructed and her image as a statesman lies in tatters at the mercy of her party and the men in grey suites. Her action has proved to be without doubt extremely irresponsible, after proving that she cannot be trusted. She survives because there is no real alternative. Her action was all about strengthening her position within the Conservative Parliamentary Party, but she has achieved the opposite and she has put Brexit at risk. Federalist European politicians are mocking her and the UK as they offer to let the UK remain in the EU at a price. They will regret that derisory attitude, because the Dunkirk spirit will prevail. UK citizens will close ranks and form squares to defend their decision to leave the EU; even as the Conservative Party, in their turn, are torn apart themselves.
In April, when Theresa May came out of the door of No. 10 to announce to the news media assembled in Downing Street that she was calling a snap general election, there was a general feeling of surprise and I am sure that I was not the only one with a feeling of discouragement. Surprise because she had vowed to complete the exit from the European Union and complete the full fixed five year term of the Parliament. Discouraged because she was behaving like every other opportunistic politician taking advantage of a perceived advantage in the opinion polls and the disarray of the opposition parties. Of course it needed an enhanced majority of the Commons to approve the move and it could easily have been blocked, but only thirteen MPs voted against bringing the Parliament to an end. That is what you get in a Parliamentary Democracy. In a Peoples Direct Democracy no political party would be able to gain a self-serving advantage by choosing the time of an election and the duration of the election campaign.
TM has sought to portray herself as a statesman above mere party considerations. None of the reasons she has offered to justify her decision has stood up to scrutiny. Last year we raised the question of honesty and integrity and stated it was too early to judge her and only time will tell. Well now we know. She cannot be trusted.