The statements of Defense Minister Philip Hammond caused quite the scandal in Britain who asked Prime Minister Cameron not to cut defense spending but instead to further scrape together money by cutting welfare. Hammond said: “There was a convergence of views with the other ministers who think we should put his hand back to the welfare budget. We should bring down the cost of welfare again as a result of increasing levels of employment.”
You should know that in England there is a raging debate concerning the Trident or submarines carrying nuclear missiles. The cost of these new submarines for the State amounts to about £ 25 billion and Minister Hammond defends the project at the cost of life. Of course without even mentioning to abolish them. In addition to the Trident, there are billions more at stake for interventions in non lethal Syria or to arm the so called rebels with quantities of food by the Western powers as has happened in Libya and it seems to go in fashion now.
And just like us, in a period of severe crisis, the glittering toy soldiers are immediately in conflict with the costs of the welfare state. In the UK the crisis affects the lower classes. People are being evicted without mercy and the government does not seem to be willing to give answers. We are asked to serve all these fantasies of imperial grandeur but back home citizens are left to fend for themselves.