England expects every man to do his duty - or not, as you like
This has to be one of the most depressing things I've read in a long time. If Britain's not willing to be a naval power any longer, what backbone is left there?
Again and again, these continual reductions make me think (of course) of Larkin's "Homage to a Government":
Next year we are to bring all the soldiers home
For lack of money, and it is all right.
Places they guarded, or kept orderly,
We want the money for ourselves at home
Instead of working. And this is all right.
Etc. What's worse, is if the Tories ever got in (unlikely for a few more years at least), they'd probably be just as bad. Sad all around.