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The quotes from Prime Minister Gordon Brown came from a Christmas interview with British Forces Broadcasting Service in December 2007, where he added that our troops equipment is “nothing but the best”. You really have to worry about the competence of those who are briefing him.

Little wonder that Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth looked and sounded so contrite when giving his statement to the House yesterday.

At least he had the decency and courage to acknowledge that the Haddon-Cave report made very uncomfortable reading for politicians, MOD officials, and defence procurement staff as well as those at BAE Systems.

More heads should roll.

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Written by curly

October 29, 2009 at 12:06 pm

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  1. The whole episode highlights the MOD’s relationship with UK contractors, namely BAe and its descendants. A relationship oiled by the career revolving door between MOD and suppliers. Successive UK governments have awarded procurement contracts to UK firms when better value and proven equipment was already available to order from foreign suppliers. Nimrod is a classic example.


    October 30, 2009 at 12:10 am

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