PM in Hampshire to announced £1.1bn cash boost for defence industry

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Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a £1.1 billion cash injection for defence ''to help keep our country safe and stop terrorism at source''.

He said defence nowadays was ''not about battle tanks in central Europe'' but about ''modern threats''.

On a visit on the opening day of the Farnborough air show in Hampshire, Mr Cameron said the money had become available as the coalition government has been able to ''close the black hole in the defence budget that it had inherited''.

He went on: ''There are threats that you cannot defend against from the White Cliffs of Dover.''

The funding pot includes an extra £800 million of investment in an intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance package which will bolster special forces' ability to deal with the threat of global terrorism and hostage taking.

A further £300 million will be used for existing programmes, including unmanned aircraft and next generation radars for Typhoon combat jets.

Visiting aircraft stands and meeting defence and aviation business leaders at Farnborough today, Mr Cameron also announced plans to set up a UK Defence Solutions Centre in Farnborough to develop new defence technology.

A £4 million UK Centre for Maritime Intelligent Systems based in Portsmouth is also being launched which will see the development of a hi-tech unmanned submarine.

Also a ''defence apprenticeship trailblazer'' scheme to attract new graduates to the industry as well as develop a new masters level standard in advanced systems engineering.

Speaking on board an Airbus A350 aircraft that will come into service with Qatar Airways at the end of this year, Mr Cameron said: ''This money will help keep our country safe and stop terrorism at source before it reaches our country.''

Later, addressing business leaders at the show, he said: ''National security is the very foundation of national prosperity, especially if you live in such a dangerous, uncertain world.''

He said the Portsmouth centre would be ''a new chapter in Portsmouth's incredible naval story''.

Mr Cameron had been due to see the new F-35 fighter aircraft at Farnborough today - but embarrassingly it has still not been given clearance to fly by the Americans following an engine fire in Florida last month.

The grounding meant the jet was also unable to appear when the Queen named the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth earlier this month, and at a military tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire this weekend.

''The aircraft is still awaiting US clearance but we are hopeful that it will fly at the air show by the end of the week,'' a spokesman for Farnborough airshow said.

''Everyone involved in the project is working towards a positive result for attendance at the air show this week, and we fully support the stance to never compromise safety of either pilots or show participants and we thank them all for their continued hard work.''

Commenting about the absence of the aircraft Mr Cameron said: ''Obviously it will be disappointing if it is unable to come to the show. But it's a highly-complex plane and I am very confident it will be fine and will help Britain's safety for the next 50 years.''

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1:53pm Mon 14 Jul 14

southy says...

And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use southy
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1:58pm Mon 14 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
I can kind of agree.

If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies.

But as it stands we need to build our defenses.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use[/p][/quote]I can kind of agree. If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies. But as it stands we need to build our defenses. IronLady2010
  • Score: 1

2:42pm Mon 14 Jul 14

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
I can kind of agree.

If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies.

But as it stands we need to build our defenses.
while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts.
All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use[/p][/quote]I can kind of agree. If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies. But as it stands we need to build our defenses.[/p][/quote]while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts. All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs. southy
  • Score: 4

2:50pm Mon 14 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
I can kind of agree.

If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies.

But as it stands we need to build our defenses.
while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts.
All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs.
As i've said I can kind of agree.

BUT, we poked our noses into too many countries affairs, we simply cannot ignore our defenses.

The UK is a massive target because we chose to go to war with so many people.

If we simply ignored our defenses we'd get slaughtered.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use[/p][/quote]I can kind of agree. If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies. But as it stands we need to build our defenses.[/p][/quote]while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts. All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs.[/p][/quote]As i've said I can kind of agree. BUT, we poked our noses into too many countries affairs, we simply cannot ignore our defenses. The UK is a massive target because we chose to go to war with so many people. If we simply ignored our defenses we'd get slaughtered. IronLady2010
  • Score: 0

3:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Paramjit Bahia says...

Considering along with Saudi Arabia Qatar is one of the biggest financier of Islamic extremeism perhaps Prime Minister Cameron could have used a better place than Airbus A 350 that will be in service with Qatar for scaremongering about threats to our national security.

Or at least used the opportunity to condemn that policy, which is creating plenty of problems in the Middle East and encouraging 'some' young British Muslims to join politically motivated violence i.e. Jihad/terrorism.

Yes in this world full of conflicts national security is very important, regardless of political colours, whichever party in power has to be serious about it. But our current lot should also stop encouraging conflicts in other countries and often even bombing those, just like the NuLabour was doing under 'Tory' Blair.

Perhaps while away from his ivory tower in London while in Hampshire the Prime Minister should have tried to enlighten him self about the daily problems of ordinary people caused by his government's fiscal policies, which are forcing local councils to cut many essential services and sack the workers, which may also contribute towards otherwise avoidable social unrest.
Considering along with Saudi Arabia Qatar is one of the biggest financier of Islamic extremeism perhaps Prime Minister Cameron could have used a better place than Airbus A 350 that will be in service with Qatar for scaremongering about threats to our national security. Or at least used the opportunity to condemn that policy, which is creating plenty of problems in the Middle East and encouraging 'some' young British Muslims to join politically motivated violence i.e. Jihad/terrorism. Yes in this world full of conflicts national security is very important, regardless of political colours, whichever party in power has to be serious about it. But our current lot should also stop encouraging conflicts in other countries and often even bombing those, just like the NuLabour was doing under 'Tory' Blair. Perhaps while away from his ivory tower in London while in Hampshire the Prime Minister should have tried to enlighten him self about the daily problems of ordinary people caused by his government's fiscal policies, which are forcing local councils to cut many essential services and sack the workers, which may also contribute towards otherwise avoidable social unrest. Paramjit Bahia
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

southy says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
I can kind of agree.

If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies.

But as it stands we need to build our defenses.
while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts.
All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs.
As i've said I can kind of agree.

BUT, we poked our noses into too many countries affairs, we simply cannot ignore our defenses.

The UK is a massive target because we chose to go to war with so many people.

If we simply ignored our defenses we'd get slaughtered.
Theres sort of defences will not be able to stop terrorist attacks that are home base, the only way to stop that is people on the ground, dones are for pin pointing targets for laser missile strikes and can only be used in open conditions.
The use of the word defence i can't help thinking its just a spin, to make you think thats ok its just for defence when in reality its more for attack.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use[/p][/quote]I can kind of agree. If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies. But as it stands we need to build our defenses.[/p][/quote]while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts. All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs.[/p][/quote]As i've said I can kind of agree. BUT, we poked our noses into too many countries affairs, we simply cannot ignore our defenses. The UK is a massive target because we chose to go to war with so many people. If we simply ignored our defenses we'd get slaughtered.[/p][/quote]Theres sort of defences will not be able to stop terrorist attacks that are home base, the only way to stop that is people on the ground, dones are for pin pointing targets for laser missile strikes and can only be used in open conditions. The use of the word defence i can't help thinking its just a spin, to make you think thats ok its just for defence when in reality its more for attack. southy
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Mon 14 Jul 14

thesecrettruth.co.uk says...

The amount of money being used to fund the defense industry is scandalous, especially when the UK economy is taken into account.
We have got involved with 2 illegal wars, which have caused great unrest for millions of people in those effected countries and across the world.
We have made ourselves unliked, deservedly by many across the globe.
Yet when it comes to the atrocities that Zionist Israel is creating in the Gaza Strip, and the UK government keeps tight lipped and does nothing it is quite plainly wrong !!
The amount of money being used to fund the defense industry is scandalous, especially when the UK economy is taken into account. We have got involved with 2 illegal wars, which have caused great unrest for millions of people in those effected countries and across the world. We have made ourselves unliked, deservedly by many across the globe. Yet when it comes to the atrocities that Zionist Israel is creating in the Gaza Strip, and the UK government keeps tight lipped and does nothing it is quite plainly wrong !! thesecrettruth.co.uk
  • Score: 3

4:23pm Mon 14 Jul 14

CHIMPANZEE says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
I can kind of agree.

If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies.

But as it stands we need to build our defenses.
while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts.
All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs.
As i've said I can kind of agree.

BUT, we poked our noses into too many countries affairs, we simply cannot ignore our defenses.

The UK is a massive target because we chose to go to war with so many people.

If we simply ignored our defenses we'd get slaughtered.
For centuries we have created so many enemies by attacking and butchering so many people around the world for their resources like oil and land. Therefore, rightfully we are scared of those enemies and feel that we have to build cages round each citizen to protect ourselves. Thanks to the warmongers amongst us who want to invest on more war machines. - Ever tried a peaceful negotiation based on give and take? Or is it too late? Israel is killing hundreds of Palestinians with impunity in their own land but will it ever solve this human problem?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use[/p][/quote]I can kind of agree. If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies. But as it stands we need to build our defenses.[/p][/quote]while people suffer because of the cuts, the defence is less of a proirity, while the super rich and power full are getting away with billions each year in tax avoidence enough to pay off national debt with in 6 years then there is no reason for cuts. All this is created so the more you got the more powerful you become, Corporations run our governments and our government do there bidding first and ignore the orndinary people needs.[/p][/quote]As i've said I can kind of agree. BUT, we poked our noses into too many countries affairs, we simply cannot ignore our defenses. The UK is a massive target because we chose to go to war with so many people. If we simply ignored our defenses we'd get slaughtered.[/p][/quote]For centuries we have created so many enemies by attacking and butchering so many people around the world for their resources like oil and land. Therefore, rightfully we are scared of those enemies and feel that we have to build cages round each citizen to protect ourselves. Thanks to the warmongers amongst us who want to invest on more war machines. - Ever tried a peaceful negotiation based on give and take? Or is it too late? Israel is killing hundreds of Palestinians with impunity in their own land but will it ever solve this human problem? CHIMPANZEE
  • Score: 1

7:26pm Mon 14 Jul 14

forest hump says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
I can kind of agree.

If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies.

But as it stands we need to build our defenses.
So what is your answer to stopping murdering dictators? A letter saying please stop this nasty practice?
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use[/p][/quote]I can kind of agree. If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies. But as it stands we need to build our defenses.[/p][/quote]So what is your answer to stopping murdering dictators? A letter saying please stop this nasty practice? forest hump
  • Score: 0

10:51pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Linesman says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
southy wrote:
And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use
I can kind of agree.

If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies.

But as it stands we need to build our defenses.
Not build, but re-build.

The armed forces have also faced cut-backs, both in troops and in equipment.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: And all the time we suffer cut backs when this £1.1 billion could be put to better use[/p][/quote]I can kind of agree. If we hadn't poked our noses into so many Countries affairs we wouldn't have so many enemies. But as it stands we need to build our defenses.[/p][/quote]Not build, but re-build. The armed forces have also faced cut-backs, both in troops and in equipment. Linesman
  • Score: 0

11:44pm Mon 14 Jul 14

southy says...

The enemy with-in is our governments
The enemy with-in is our governments southy
  • Score: -1

9:17am Fri 1 Aug 14

mushrooms says...

David Cameron is a man who needs his own war to secure the legacy he wants
David Cameron is a man who needs his own war to secure the legacy he wants mushrooms
  • Score: 0

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