The head of the Royal Navy has warned that the service needs another £1bn
to meet future foreign policy demands.
Admiral Sir Jonathon Band appealed for the cash
– a third of the navy's annual operating budget – to spend on new ships, at a journalists' briefing.
BBC defence correspondent Paul Wood said Sir
Jonathon told reporters the navy “doesn't come for nothing”.
Last year the Army's head, Gen Sir Richard
Dannatt, claimed his troops were “at the limit of their capacity”.
RIGHT, HEADS UP CHAPS, now
look, oi, put those soddin gin and tonic’s down and bloody well listen.
We taxpayers do not
have bottomless pockets, so here’s what your going to do.
First of all get those
fat arses off your brand new £1000 chairs, load em up into trucks and find a
nice boot sale.
Then get the bloody
builders back in and start stripping the marble, maple and rosewood out of your
nice newly £2.3 billion refurbished HQ.
Then go tell the
Chancellor that you want to stop the £1 billion refurbishment of the Admiralty
which is currently going on, and can we please swop it for another ship.
Now remember, and
repeat after me – Ships first, HQ second, Ships first, HQ second.
SHIPS FIRST, HQ SECOND…GOT IT.