PUBLIC OUTRAGE OF MOD SPENDING WHILST FAILING TO EQUIP TROOPS – The Freedom of Information Act once again uncovers the truth about how politicians feather their own nests and that of their friends as it is revealed the Ministry of Defence (MoD) spent £500 million on ‘advisers’ from the budget allocated to providing essential equipment for British troops in Afghanistan.
Over the last two years the MoD has almost doubled its spending on lawyers, IT experts, management consultants and accountants at the expense of our troops safety and lives.
In order to save money the MoD has continuously made troops redundant, cut the spending of vital equipment and provided those brave men and women with a poultry pay rise.
It was also revealed that some of these consulting firms are being paid over £4,000 a day for their services; tasks that were once the responsibility of civil servants.
The largest part of the cost is to cover the Framework Agreements for Technical Support (FATS); which was introduced by the Labour Government in 2009 in an attempt to speed up the process of hiring technical experts. Since 2011 FATS has cost the taxpayer a staggering £455 million and the cost continues to rise.
The MoD now has over 330 approved firms providing services to its department and yet despite the rising costs actual manpower, that’s personnel on the ground, has been cut by 30,000 armed service personnel and a further 29,000 civilian support officials.
“It is incredible that the MOD, so bloated with its own civil servants, lawyers and military staff, many of whom are doing jobs that do not need to be done, should be spending such huge amounts of taxpayers’ money on bringing in even more help from outside.” Colonel Richard Kemp, a former Commander in Afghanistan
Considering the Colonel’s remark above we can only look to the stars above and thank the heavens that at least one person hasn’t lost the plot; the question is why isn’t Colonel Richard Kemp running the MoD, or at least someone of his ilk?
As usual it’s likely that the Secretary of Defence, Philip Hammond, has an interest in the external services; either professionally, by a stock-holding or the chiefs of these companies is among his closets circle of friends. Yes this mere speculation but what do you expect when we have a Prime Minister who openly employs his old school chums and a Government that is distrusted by the public.
It sickens me to my stomach each time one of our troops is brought home in a coffin and where the families have to grieve knowing that their lives were wasted on a war that cannot be won and that they were all to ill-equipped to deal with the threat they faced on a daily basis.
Considering this latest revelation Philip Hammond should, if he had an ounce of moral fortitude, resign from his post. Of course that is unlikely to happen as his current job is far too lucrative and never will you see moral fortitude being exercised when there is a vast salary attached.
Yet again we can see that Cameron’s talk of “We are all in this together” remains pure rhetoric and that Government Ministers are happy to sacrifice the lives of troops in order to stuff wads of cash into the bank accounts of their chums.
The sooner Cameron and the rest of his ‘Ali-baba’ clan are expelled from the halls of Government the better and quite frankly 2015 can’t come soon enough in the eyes of the austerity ridden taxpayer.
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