Imposing “sacrifices” on the working class to support an overall 60% increase of defence spending

How the British people will (not) be helped to conquer the cost of living crisis

Just two weeks before winning the Conservative Party leadership contest and taking office on September 6, Liz Truss was asked in an interview if she was prepared to

“unleash our nuclear weapons”

even though

“It would mean global annihilation”.

She replied coldly,

“I’m ready to do that.”

Like Johnson was pleased to play Santa for Zelensky, Mrs Truss like her friend, is convinced Great Britain has to be made stronger by having a greater force.

During her campaign Truss announced that as prime minister she would sanction an increase of Britain’s military spending from the 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030 already committed to by outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson. She would increase military spending to 3 percent from its current 2.1 percent.

The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), describing itself as

“the world’s oldest and the UK’s leading defence and security think tank.”

and notes,

“An increase in service personnel numbers of 25–30% is likely to be needed to support an overall 60% increase of defence spending. This would increase total numbers of regular personnel from 148,000 today to around 190,000 in 2030.”

They wrote a report which calculated that

“the plan would require a 5p in the pound increase in the standard and higher rates of income tax by the end of the decade, or an increase in the standard VAT rate from 20% to 25%. Alternatively, it would require a significant cut in the GDP percentage spent on other public services and/or other international spending commitments.”

and as such, we can imagine the Britons soon having to lose another few quid in extra taxes instead of paying less tax. Though, understanding from previous talks of Truss we know she has not much empathy for ordinary man. She probably would find it normal that the population must be confronted with the need for sacrifices. The RUSI summary states,

“If the government is to raise defence spending to 3% of GDP, it will need to argue the case for doing so in the context of wider fiscal priorities.

In contrast to the funding of spending increases for the NHS [National Health Service] and social care under the last government, there has been very little attempt to ready the British public for the sacrifices that will be needed for a similar level of increase for defence.”

Truss made promises to which certain people in government do not want her to come back. For them, the government must impose the “sacrifices” necessary on the working class. They are not happy that other sectors received increases, like Health and Social Care 3.5%; Justice 4.1%; Education 2.4%; Transport 5.5%. For them, it is clear that

Nothing must be allowed to cut across prioritised miliary spending.

RUSI argues,

“There is now a very strong case for revisiting the core budget allocation, both because of inflation and because of the wider case for a longer-term war-related uplift.”

This will require billions of pounds to be seized from the workers’ pay packets and the funding of essential services to be handed over to the MoD.

At a press conference in March, in her role as foreign secretary, when she visited Washington for talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, when asked if we could expect that she will push for more defence spending in the UK, she replied that

“the reality is across the West, we haven’t spent enough on defence for a number of years… we need to be making sure from every possible front – whether it’s conventional defence, whether it’s technology, or whether indeed it’s information – we are able to outcompete our adversaries”.

RUSI and those in ruling circles know that Truss’s 3 percent commitment is only a down payment as British imperialism enters uncharted territory. The report warns under the heading, “Gearing Up the Machine” that

“if the threats worsen and political support for increased spending grows, the government could start to plan for further increases, above 3% of GDP, in the years after 2030.”

To what extent will the new government be prepared to cut even deeper into the skin of its people, who are increasingly burdened with less purchasing power and sky-high energy bills?

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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