After a decade of Tory cuts to our armed forces, the whole army could now fit in Wembley stadium with seats spare.
But today the Government turns its Trump spirit up and pretends it has a strategy for foreign policy and defence after undermining the UK at home and abroad, even harming international relations through Ministers admitting they would break treaties signed with our closest allies.
There is a massive gulf between what the Government claims it wants and the actions of Johnson’s incompetent team.
Today’s announcement identifies Russia as ‘the most acute threat to our security’ but the Government admitted it did not even investigate this for over four years and none of the recommendations of its own report into Russian interference in the UK have been implemented.
Ministers also claim today they want to boost trade but have just overseen the biggest drop in UK exports in peacetime history due to the botched trade deal with the EU which is badly harming British business and preventing intra-UK trade.
Thankfully, today’s announcement does acknowledge the contribution of the BBC World Service as a globally recognised, trusted source. Why the Government has cut its budget and broken its manifesto commitment to free licenses for over 75s remains a mystery to Johnson’s Government.
Today’s review could have restored some trust that there was a plan behind the mess Ministers are making of international relations and security. Instead we just see more trashy spin from this underperforming Government.