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The Royal Navy has got itself into a financial pickle. Because of military promises (made by politicians) all of which now have to be answered by the Royal Navy. The situation is such that it is just eating away at the military budget. With Trident, Aircraft carriers, Hunter Killer subs and F35 aircraft that cost more than most ships. You have T45’s that need rebuilding with new engines plus the new T26 Frigates. So you have lots of promises made  plus lots of money being spent the result of which is destroying the Army and the Royal Air Force.

Perhaps it is time for some constructive thinking and flexible solutions.

 

1) HMS Ocean.  The talk is of de-commissioning but  the Navy loathes that idea however, something has to give. So why not move this ship from the Department of Defence to the Department for Overseas Aid as a mobile floating storage unit ready to go and assist countries that have suffered natural disasters.  With a skeleton crew on board and minimal maintenance, this ship could be kept at sea fully loaded. Then in times of emergency military and aid personnel could be flown out to the nearest point of embarkation greatly reducing the cost of keeping this ship as a useful unit if the need arrives.

 

2) Aircraft Carriers.

 The Middle East and Persian Gulf is an area full of problems, conflict and hatred.  Perhaps the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia could be offered a military package? say a carrier armed with the latest F35’s with a destroyer plus two frigates to patrol the waters most at threat. They’re already built and ready to go as a direct response to Iran’s Republican guards.  And just the cost of manning and running these mighty ships plus a small subsidy could work for all parties. Then perhaps a similar offer could be made to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Borneo, plus also Indonesia to cover the Anderman sea, Straits, South China sea and Celebes sea to look after their territorial interests. The ships will still be Royal Naval  vessels but being paid for by allied friends who have similar political  interests.

 

This would take a massive burden from the navy and ease the military budget. I know what people will say we are not mercenaries being paid to fight other people’s wars. But today you need some reality, financial reality, Britain cannot afford to be all things like the USA but we do have a commercial commodity and that is military and naval expertise. People who know how to fight and how to put ships to sea and man them.
Senior officers and Politicians need to look at life as it is, not how they would like it to be or indeed was in the glorious past. If you want to operate at the top table it costs, so somebody else can put up the money and Britain can put up the equipment and men plus it makes money available for equipment in other Arms.

©Michael Douglas Bosc

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In the 1950’s pollution had become so bad that even the politicians decided it was time to bring in some form of regulation people were dying of pulmonary diseases on a record scale. It was safer to smoke cigarettes, you only took in tar and nicotine. Crossing the road was a major exercise in safety, as cars lorries and buses appeared out of nowhere. We could not even enjoy the benefits of the new social entity the old age pension, they were killing us off so fast. So they turned their attention to the coal industry. Every house had a coal fire, all that smoke being produced meant smog, and so the clean air act was passed in parliament and the major visible form of pollution started to vanish. Smog became a thing of the past and we were just left with the invisible poisons that entered our lungs, destroyed brain cells plus killing the children’s future at the same time.

One plus of the twentieth century was the electric bus or more commonly known as the Trolleybus. These looked like conventional buses which drew electricity from overhead cables, a fairly simple infrastructure system no tracks were needed like trams or street cars and they had a battery system which allowed movement when not connected to the overhead cables. The first trolleybuses were in use in 1911 starting in Bradford and Leeds, then in London in 1912. These systems were quite widespread in the UK, and trolleybuses are still in use in many places around the world where it is a clean and efficient means of transport that can use the existing roads with only slung cables to provide power. There is no vast infrastructure to pay for, unfortunately these no longer exist in the UK we have “Diesel.”
The petrol companies and automotive industries hold great sway in Britain, they make sure their interests are looked after whilst poisoning us with lead to get better performance from poorly made engines. But today we are told the air that comes out of cars is cleaner than what goes in. Why are we are so gullible? we believe anything the advertisers tell us and so the death knell of the Trolleybus in Britain was decided in the early Sixties. They were removed from the streets of Britain and the Diesel won and pollution poured forth silent insidious and poisonous filling our lungs and killing the children.   Today we have diesel buses and diesel taxis which fill our cities with silent deadly poison. There is a haze above every city in the world a greenish yellow haze full of particulates and brake dust.

However, today we have the technology to build cars, lorries and buses that do not need large engines to power them and the braking system puts power back into batteries rather than producing dust to kill us.

So what is stopping this transformation? why are our cities not clean and healthy conurbations of clean air? for this answer we have to ask the politicians. Are they still in the pockets of the oil industry? in Madrid the pollution is so bad they restrict vehicles into the city which is madness considering the technology already exists to prevent this.
I know this cannot happen tomorrow it takes some time but the time has now come to invest in the future, it is time to get ahead of this great problem. Rules need to be changed today financial incentives can be used to direct peoples purchasing decisions.

You see the longer these decisions are delayed the greater the danger to our health and long term wellbeing of the Planet.

 

After all it is only money that needs to be spent and we waste billions every day, so lets do something useful for a change. As you can see from these pictures Electric cars look the business. Plus with  Electric buses and taxis are now being produced why aren’t cities around the world purchasing fleets of them?

(c)  Michael Douglas Bosc   –   Author

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