Government has spent £381m upgrading army’s ageing tanks even though half could be scrapped

The Warrior tanks are being upgraded

The Ministry of Defence has spent £381 million upgrading army’s ageing tanks even though half of them could now be scrapped to cut costs. Lockheed Martin was hired six years ago to overhaul and fit new gun turrets to Britain’s ageing fleet of Warriors, which have served in the Gulf, Bosnia and Iraq.

But Ministry of Defence documents forecast the Warrior upgrade is a year behind schedule, with the programme incurring extra costs as a result of delays.
Up to 380 new Warriors were to be upgraded under the original plans, forming the backbone of two armoured infantry brigades planned as part of a reorganisation of the army. However, reports​ last month ​suggested ​that one of these brigades could be disbanded, with hundreds of its fighting vehicles scrapped as part of a drive to cut costs.
A review of the defence spending programme is also underway, which has led to speculation over cuts to the Royal Marines and the navy’s amphibious assault vehicles as well as the Warrior programme.

Warrior tank taking part in 11 Light Brigade’s training exercise on Salisbury Plain.

Labour’s Kevan Jones, a former defence minister, said: “Minsters need to urgently explain how £381 million has already been spent on a vehicle that might now only be deployed in very limited numbers.

“The Government’s attempts to balance the books of the defence budget are becoming increasingly chaotic.”
The £381 million bill for Lockheed Martin’s Warrior programme represents the costs to the end of July and was confirmed following a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association. It includes the design and development of the project, and preparation of demonstration vehicles for a trials programme.
The response also said the MOD was unable to confirm how that compared with the project’s original budget.
The so-called Warrior Capability Sustainment Project (WCSP) is the major part of the armoured infantry 2026 programme.

The MOD’s major projects portfolio data, published this summer, puts the overall cost of the armoured infantry programme at £1.613 billion, which includes some of the expected in-service costs of the Warrior.
But the report says the Warrior upgrade project now has increased forecast costs “as a result of delays in the demonstration phase”, with a focus in 2016/17 on stabilising the programme’s costs.
The MOD report also downgraded the Warrior’s delivery forecast to “amber/red” in light of “a number of challenges”.
It said the MOD now forecasts a “12-month slip to equipment delivery”, with negotiations with Lockheed Martin key to addressing this. An MOD spokesman said of the costs incurred so far:
“This money has been used to develop state-of-the-art upgrades and demonstration vehicles for the Warrior platform as we look to enhance it for the future and boost the army’s capabilities.
“We are contributing to the cross-government review of national security capabilities and looking at how we best spend our rising defence budget to protect our country in the face of intensifying threats, but any discussion of the options is pure speculation.”
The MOD is in negotiations with Lockheed Martin on the manufacturing phase for the Warrior. A Lockheed Martin spokeswoman said it had met all its contractual obligations and there were no technical issues with the Warrior.
She added: “The Warrior Capability Sustainability Programme will deliver vital, battle-winning capability to the British Army and sustain hundreds of highly skilled UK jobs, and we have invested more than £100 million in our site to develop a unique, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to meet our commitments on this programme.”
Trevor Taylor, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute think tank, said: “Given the MOD’s apparent financial problems, anything is going to be subject to extensive scrutiny within head office if it is not part of the nuclear programme, not actually under contract, and looks technically problematic.”

With many thanks to: Telegraph.

 

 

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Two SAS officers charged over British soldiers training deaths

SAS selection, left to right, Cpl James Dunsby, L/Cpl Edward Maher and L/Cpl Craig Roberts died in July 2013.

SAS selection,
Two men have been charged with negligence following the deaths of three soldiers during an SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons.
L/Cpl Edward Maher, L/Cpl Craig Roberts and Cpl James Dunsby were taking part in a 16-mile recruitment exercise on the hottest day of 2013.

Brecon Beacons in Wales

A coroner ruled they died from neglect.
The Service Prosecution Authority confirmed charges had been brought against two soldiers involved at the time.
The case will be heard in a military court and the maximum sentence is two years detention.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “Any decision to prosecute any personnel, veteran or serving, is made by the Service Prosecution Authority (SPA), an independent body.”
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L/Cpl Roberts, 24, from Penrhyn Bay, Conwy county, and L/Cpl Maher, 31 of Winchester, died on the exercise, while Cpl Dunsby, 31, from Wiltshire, was taken to hospital and died 17 days later.
All had suffered from hyperthermia, where the body no longer controls core temperature.
SAS selection deaths

The soldiers collapsed during the march while carrying 50lbs (22kg) of equipment
An inquest held in 2015 heard a failure of basic medical care contributed to their deaths, and the Army said it accepted it did not carefully manage the risks involved in the exercise.
It is understood the two men who have been charged were responsible for the soldiers’ training – one was a training officer and the other a chief instructor. One man has since left the service.
Initially, the SPA decided charges were not going to be directed against the pair, but relatives of the soldiers who died asked for the case to be reviewed.

With many thanks to: BBC Wales for the original story

The Afghanistan/Iraqi war was illigal it is not fought in my name. ‘Free The Truth’

Murder is Murder is Murder (in the words of former Prime Minister, Margret Thatcher (The Iron Lady)

16 years this year since the start of Britain’s war on Afghanistan.

A memorial was unveiled in London this year portraying British soldiers as liberators

Earlier this year it was also reported in the British press that there was a “rogue SAS unit” that has been executing Afghani civilians. The SAS is a legalised death squash and murder is their business.

In 2017, Britain continues their war on Afghanistan. You wouldn’t think so if you listened to British press who rarely mention any of the wars Britian is currently engaging in.

with many thanks to: Crimes of Britain. 

In the name of the son – THE GERRY CONLON STORY.

Miscarriage of justice victim Gerry Conlon spent the best part of £120,000 in six weeks on crack cocaine as he struggled to come to terms with life outside prison.

Previously unpublished details of the justice campaigner’s fight to beat a potentially deadly drug addiction are contained in a new book written by his childhood friend Richard O’Rawe.

The author reveals that since his release from prison in 1989, Mr Conlon “went through the guts of £1million” earned through compensation along with book and film deals.

In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Story delves into the battles faced by the west Belfast man following his release from prison after he was falsely convicted of involvement in the 1974 Guildford pub bombings, which claimed the lives of four British soldiers and a civilian.
Mr Conlon, Paul Hill, Paddy and Carol Richardson were all wrongfully convicted of taking part in the attacks.

As well as providing a gripping account of Gerry Conlon’s descent into addiction and successful battle to beat his deadly habit in the years after his release, the book also explores new evidence that suggests authorities knew the Guildford Four could not have carried out the attack.
He also says that Mr Conlon believed he and his co-accused had been “framed” rather being simply the victims of a miscarriage of justice.

It is revealed that in just six weeks Mr Conlon worked his way through £120,000, the bulk of it being spent on crack cocaine as his life spiralled out of control.

The Belfast man received the cash for the 1993 hit film In the Name of the Father, in which he was played by Daniel Day-Lewis.

The author reveals that as Conlon’s cash started to run out, which included compensation for his time spent in prison, he forked out up to £10,000 a day on drugs and giving handouts to people he viewed as needy.

He also funded his own justice campaigns, which often involved travel around the world.

But as the cash eventually became scarce he and his remaining close circle of friends were forced into desperate measures and for a while lived off food scavenged from bins in the affluent Mayfair area of London.

Speaking to the Irish News, Mr O’Rawe said his childhood friend used drugs to try and escape the memories of his past.
“Gerry put on this wonderful person in public where he was so confident and cocky jack the lad and everything else,” he said.
“So when he went home he had nightmare after nightmare – every night he had nightmares.
“He took drugs to try and keep himself awake so he wouldn’t sleep, so he wouldn’t have the nightmares.”
“I’m not saying that’s the reason he took drugs, but it’s one of them.”
Mr O’Rawe says that his pal regularly “woke up in bed…. and he would have been soaking, the bed would have been ringing, you could have rung the sheets out, squealing, ‘get off me, stop beating me”.
“This was every night,” he said.
“Gerry never escaped that for the whole time that he was alive.”
Such was the grip crack cocaine had on him, even when he returned to Belfast in the mid-1990s his then girlfriend often travelled from England to deliver the drugs to him, and sent it through the post, at a time when the use of the drug was practically unheard of in the city.

After his release Mr Conlon was surrounded by a wide circle of friends, which included celebrities like Hollywood actor Johnny Depp and former Pogues front man Shane MacGowan.

Mr O’Rawe said that Mr Conlon’s generosity was well known and that those who shared his addiction also flocked to him.
“When Gerry took crack, Gerry had a crowd around him,” he said.
“Gerry was like Father Christmas.
“All the crack heads in London loved him because, I don’t know what way you buy crack and I don’t even know what way you buy dope, but the point is Gerry used buy £10,000 worth at a time.”

Mr O’Rawe believes that his old pal’s trauma stemmed from guilt over the arrest and wrongful conviction of his father Giuseppe for the Guildford bombings along with other members of the group that became known as the Maguire Seven.
Suffering from ill health, Giuseppe Conlon died in an English prison in January 1980
“He was haunted by his father,” Mr O’Rawe said.
“He never, ever got over Giuseppe.
“He absolutely blamed himself.
“You couldn’t have spoken to him about it, you couldn’t have talked to him.”
“It didn’t matter that he knew nothing about Guilford – that he had been tortured into signing confessions.
“It didn’t matter, he blamed himself up until his dying day.”
He said that as Mr Conlon descended into despair “suicide was never far away from his mind”.

Mr O’Rawe, a former republican prisoner and ‘blanket man’ who has previously written books about the 1981 hunger strike, lived close to Mr Conlon in the Lower Falls area where the pair were best friends and schoolmates.

He says they were reunited after almost 18 years following a chance encounter in Belfast city centre days after Mr Conlon was released from prison.
After going out for a drink they bumped into former IRA commander Brendan ‘The Dark’ Hughes, a former cellmate of Mr O’Rawe, who joined them.
Although Mr Conlon denied it, the former IRA man was said to be the person who ordered him to leave Belfast in the 1970s.
“The three of us went to a pub and we were, well, stocious, and the craic was 90,” Mr O’Rawe said.
He said that writing the book about a man he describes as being like a brother has been both a traumatic and rewarding experience for him.

He said that around eight months before he died in 2014 Mr Conlon asked him to write his story and then later sent for him during his final days.

He emotionally recounts his last meeting with his friend and how he brought a fry into him as he lay seriously ill in the Royal Victoria Hospital.
“He actually ate it and he said to me ‘you’re going to write that for me aren’t you?
“I said ‘I will, I told you I will’.
He said ‘that’s OK, that’s good enough for me’.
“It’s very sad and then on the way out the door he said ‘I love you’.
“It near killed me. That’s the last I seen him alive.”
“It was awful traumatic, it was awful for me. I am an emotional guy anyway, I loved Gerry.
“I really did, he was my mate and he was like a brother to me. “His loss was awful, truly awful.”
The author says he takes comfort from Mr Conlon’s legacy as a campaigner for others in similar situations and reflects on the “goodness that was in him and the goodness that people saw”.
“Gerry Conlon had a profound effect on everybody he met,” he said.
“And I take great comfort from that I think he was a really decent human being who cared about other people.”
He also believes that his old friend eventually conquered his demons before his death after an illness in June 2014.
“Gerry won the war, Gerry came out triumphant,” he said.

In the Name of the Son: The Gerry Conlon Story is published today by Merrion Press.

With many thanks to: James Connolly. 

http://www.irishnews.com/news/2017/10/05/news/gerry-conlon-blew-almost-1-million-1154156/

Follow these links for more information: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Name-Son-Gerry-Conlon-Story/dp/178537138X

Follow this link: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/05/johnny-depp-says-he-would-have-taken-a-bullet-for-gerry-conlon

Follow this link: http://www.miscarriagesofjustice.org/4399-2/

 

Tony Blair was ‘NOT STRIGHT’ and “NEVER WAS” with the UK over the “ILLIGAL WAR” with Iraq !

THE LABOUR LEADER OF THE PARTY JEREMY CORBYN STOOD WITH THE PEOPLE. AGAINST AN ILLIGEAL WAR IN IRAQ

Tony Blair was not “straight with the nation” according to the BBC but we all already new that before the “Illigal war/murder of innocent civilians started”

THE BRITISH PUBLIC CALLED FOR “NO WAR WITH IRAQ” !!!

The British, Scottish, Welsh and Irish Nations called for ‘No War With Iraq’ !!!


THE DUP IN GOVERNMENT ALL VOTED FOR WAR WITH IRAQ

Two of these three DUP Westminster MPs voted for war in Iraq. The other DUP Wesminister MP “would stand with the Tories” and vote for war in Iraq today !!!


THE LEADER OF THE DUP VOTED FOR ‘WAR WITH IRAQ”

They both voted for “War with Iraq” !!!

Tony Blair was not “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War, the chairman of of the inquiry into the war has told the BBC.


Speaking for the first time since publishig his report a year ago, Sir John Chilcot discussed why he thinks former PM made those decisions.

He said the evidence Mr Blair gave the inquiry was “emotionally truthful” but he relied on beliefs rather than facts.

A spokesman for Mr Blair said “all these issues” had been dealt with. According to the BBC.

With many thanks to: BBC England and BBC NI (North of Ireland) for the origional story.
Hear it from the horses mouth: Tony Blair was not straight with the nation & the inquiry about his decisions in the run up to Iraq War – Sir John Chilcot tells @bbclaurak. https://t.co/dP2CV5kPVY
Watch this YouTube video: https://youtu.be/16BtpSCufU0

Follow these links to find out more: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-corbyn-2003-anti-iraq-war-speech-labour-leader-ahead-of-his-time_uk_577bbbe8e4b0f7b55795fa0a

Follow these links to find out more: https://donate.unhcr.org/gb-en/mosul?gclid=Cj0KEQjwv_fKBRCG8a3ao-OQuZ8BEiQAvpHp6DGLC-ZTQVPL79GboChP3RbdTp6IRVxB0TU5CieH9hoaApxA8P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

Follow these links: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-40510541



DUP hasn’t strayed far away from its origins.

This letter appeared in the Irish News today written from a unionist point-of-view have a read and make up your own minds. “Now For everyone who messaged me when I asked them not to. YOUR PUNISHMENT IS BEING ASKED TOLEAVE MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT IMEDDITLY. I KNOW  THE PUNISHMENT SEEMS A LITTLE  HARSH BUT ITS FACEBOOK PAGE AND I CAN CHOOSE WHO I WISH TO BE FRIENDS. I HAVE WORKED VERY HARD ON THIS STORY. AND FELL TO SLEEP WHILST WRITING LAST NIGHT. AND TO BE HONEST I DON’T NEED FRIENDS  LIKE YOU. SO GOODBYE.

You are all very brave men and women behind a computer. You know who I mean.


THE DUP ARE NOT WHAT PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE THEY ARE LIERS, CHEATS, ASSOCIATED WITH THE UDA, Red Hand Commando and the UVF. ENGLAND NEED TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE REALLY DEALING WITH THEY ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH & DECEATFUL,UNTRUSTWORTHY,AND YOU NEED TO WATCH YOU BACK WITH THEM. DON’T TRUST THEM TO GO INTO GOVERNMENT WITH. THE SECRET DEAL WON’T WORK IN THE NORTH OF IRELAND. BECAUSE SINN FÉIN WILL NOT GO INTO GOVERNMENT WITH THEM. THEY ARE LAYERS. AND WITHOUT A GOVERMENT THEY ARE FU

   


READ THIS FROM SCOTLAND:

SECTARIAN SCOTLAND YOU ARE A SHOWER OF BRAINWASHED NUMPTIES.

I was accused by Sectarian idiots of being an Orange Bastard for going to the Netherlands For Independence Event in April 2017

Yesterday I was accused of being a Fenian Bastard because an Irish band turned up at the Bannockburn Rally. It was a public event I did not invite them.