MOD LOSING BILLIONS OF TAXPAYER’S MONEY DUE TO INCOMPETENCE – There’s an old saying that ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’. The saying takes on the ideology that too many people dealing with one particular thing can only cause confusion and therefore resulting in a finished article that is quite frankly inedible.
Welcome to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) who appear far more interested in employing analysts, statistical technicians and of course a whole plethora of senior, middle and lower management than it does on the actual critical areas of defence; such as troops and vital military equipment.
Yes this story has been bandied around a number of times and despite calls from the public to eradicate the vast sums of taxpayer’s money from being wasted it appears that the MoD are on a roll; unfortunately it’s in the completely wrong direction.
In the last two years alone the MoD has handed over property to the German Government to the tune of £1.5 billion. You might expect any savvy individual to sell such assets and use the funds to pay for equipment; but not the MoD.
The MoD appear quite content to simply give away the taxpayer’s assets due to the realization that the taxpayer will be forced by legislation to continue funding the MoD come hell or high water.
The issue here is always public accountability and there is no doubt that the MoD is accountable to the public but despite the revelations not one, that’s not one, single person has lost their job over such an appalling level of incompetence.
You are probably pretty shocked at the figure of £1.5 billion but you might want to go and make a cup of tea to steady your nerves because that’s just the tip of the MoD iceberg of wastefulness.
You would think, with all the so-called intelligence inside the MoD building, that the administrators would at least be able to supply the right equipment and indeed maintain it.
Unfortunately the public schoolboys who are running the show and employing chums and family members really don’t have a clue; ask any ground level armed service personnel and if they are honest they’ll tell you the British armed services are completely tied up with incompetent management with many senior officers being drafted from rank and file of the old schoolboys network who are completely clueless.
You might think that buying bombs would be the basic tradecraft of the MoD but you would be wrong again. In fact the MoD wasted £277 million due to buying the wrong types of munitions.
On top of that the MoD overpaid HMRC by a staggering £1.5 million and never bothered to adjust its accounting practices or file for a refund.
The MoD also reported that it lost £743 million worth of generators; they do know the cost but unfortunately not the quantity or where on earth they disappeared to.
As for missile parts, well that’s another £527,000 as the spares they ordered simply vanished into thin air. Despite funding a project to locate the parts, at a cost yet unknown, the MoD has never been able to locate them.
The MoD is continuously renting land and or buildings for training purposes but due to cut backs many of the contracts have had to be cancelled and this has cost the taxpayer a further £393,000 in costs for cancelling such contracts.
Supply stores in Canada also appear to have been stripped; which the MoD state; Accommodation stores and their discrepancies relating to military training in Canada have cost the taxpayer £390,000.
There was also the incident when a submarine ran aground and this mishap cost the taxpayer £1.6 million.
You’re probably thinking this really is outrageous but unfortunately there is more; maybe you ought to take a little brandy with your tea for the MoD also announced that it lost £33.6 million – that’s right ‘lost’ – they simply have no clue where the cash went other than nothing there’s a black hole of £33.6 million in the accounting records.
In all of this the Government has seen it fit to order the MoD to sack thousands of service personnel and all with the remit of attempting to ‘balance’ the books. Yes our Government and the MoD are quite happy to sacrifice the jobs of thousands providing it doesn’t involve sacking anyone at the MoD or that of any Government Minister.
Over the last two years alone the amount of public funds being wasted is staggering. On top of the MoD’s failing to keep proper records it also cancelled the Nimrod MRA4 Spy Plane at a cost of £3.7 billion.
The early retirement of the British Harrier Jet force also accounted for a further loss of £1.2 billion and a further £500,000 was incurred after it scrapped five Royal Navy vessels.
It appears incredulous that whilst the MoD continuously cuts back on military personnel and vital equipment to defend Britain’s interests, at home and abroad, that cuts are not being made directly in the MoD; regarding staffing levels.
However the MoD whilst it pleads poverty did manage to supply Pakistan with a squadron of new fighter jets whilst the Royal Air Forces continues to put up with substandard equipment.
Despite the mess the MoD has reported that it has finally balanced the books and that Britain’s Armed Forces have a fully funded budget of £160 billion for equipment for the next 10 years – whilst this might appear like an achievement Britain’s annual budget is some 50% below that of India and the U.S budget consists of over US$600 billion per annum.
The truth is this country is being run by the Bullingdon Club and not one of them could muster enough moral decency or even common sense that could fit on a postage stamp.
You might be thinking that this statement is pure clap-trap but if you care to investigate the current Prime Minister, his Ministers and the cronies he employs you will quickly realizes that they are all cut from the same cloth; that is the upper-classes of the rich and privileged and therefore no matter what state they manage to get this country into they will always have a way out.
Maybe, just maybe, the British electorate should take a chance and put aside the smooth talking Bullingdon Club members and vote in a political party that is a ‘little off the wall’ for they surely could not do any more damage to Britain’s position, both economically and strategically, than the useless wets currently running the show.