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For the first time since the Cold War: large-scale rearmament in Great Britain

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Raab's report



On March 17, United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab delivered a landmark speech, Global Britain in a Competitive Age, highlighting important milestones in the country's future foreign policy. "The power of good" - this is what the concept of Britain's influence on the world agenda is now called. It is clear from the text that the British establishment takes responsibility not only for the well-being of its own citizens, but also for world peace. There are several reasons for such compassion. First, autocratic regimes are gaining more and more weight in the world. Foreign Office analysts predict a significant increase in the aggregate GDP of such countries in the next decade. It is assumed that in terms of economic power, non-democratic countries will soon bypass world democracies. And this, according to the diplomatic department, increases global risks - countries with developed democracies are reluctant to enter wars and sponsor terrorists. Suffered in the report to Russia, Belarus, Myanmar and Hong Kong for suppressing the flame of democratic freedom. In these countries, freedom-loving youth are trying to tell the old guard in luxurious offices that the time has come for new formations of people and the old government is time for rest. The political system of Russia, Iran and North Korea in the diplomatic report is called openly predatory and opportunistic.


Dominic Raab. Source: wikimedia.org

Overall, Raab concluded, the post-World War II order is gradually crumbling, leaving no legacy behind.

The second threat to the world and Britain is asymmetric threats like the chemical attack in Salisbury. The technological level of such stocks is growing, and the British cannot ignore this in the future. It is noteworthy that Dominic Raab did not give any concrete steps to stop such threats.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs named the most important threat to the whole complex of what is happening around - global warming, the risks of pandemics and the danger of nuclear proliferation. weapons.

The entire rhetoric of the British diplomat is full of threats emanating from the outside. Do you feel that London is simply looking for external enemies to justify its own political and economic miscalculations? For example, the consequences of the notorious Brexit. But more on that below.


The situation in the British army does not yet allow the country to dominate the world arena. Source: © Flickr / Royal Navy Media Archive

The UK has many challenges to tackle in the future. Technological leadership should provide the country with new tools to influence the course of world events. Great Britain, once a global trendsetter in technology, is now clearly not among the world's leaders in this respect. Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, space, cybernetics and biotechnology should become growth points. Raab goes on to talk at length about the UK's advantages in the global education, science and trade markets. Actually, all this история was the lead for the main event - an increase in national defense spending by 24 billion pounds at once. Another 4 billion will be allocated to innovative technological projects. According to London's plans, Britain is to become the leading naval power in Europe in the next four years and seriously renew its ground forces. The logical chain of state development for the next ten years is quite simple - to invest in military construction in order to once again become Global Britain “Global Britain”. It is not entirely clear how this fits in with the declared course "The Power of Good". Meanwhile, the government of Boris Johnson will still have to look for resources for such a large-scale rearmament - Brexit, coupled with the pandemic, has already dealt a tangible blow to the economy of the island state.

Brexit Crisis


The search for external enemies and plans for rearmament for the British government are indeed one of the few lifesavers. The first will allow you to calm down an overly impressionable public and convince that all troubles are due to autocratic regimes and their growing power. And cash injections into the defense sector will support the industry and provide new jobs. Moreover, the consequences of Britain's exit from the EU can hardly be called positive. The coronavirus pandemic added a fly in the ointment to the process of separating the island state. As you know, the last year the country was in a fever from lockdown to lockdown, and so far no clearing in the epidemic situation is expected. But the crisis phenomena associated with the full withdrawal of Britain from the EU zone on January 31, 2021, were not long in coming. First, the Scots are outraged together with the Scottish National Party. They did not vote for leaving the EU and are now demanding multi-billion dollar payments from the rest of the especially "smart" British. Let those who are to blame for the economic crisis pay - the logic of the Scots can be understood. Scotland's Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is generally determined to first secede from Great Britain and then return to the fold of the European Union. It remains only to obtain permission from London to express the will of its own citizens. Here you can engrave the words of the Scottish Premier in gold letters:

“If London refuses to give its consent, we must see if the Scottish Parliament can pass the necessary legislation. This issue has not yet been raised in court, but I do not exclude it. We cannot let the British government block democracy. "

Indeed, why is a country that stands up for the freedom of democracy in the world so inattentive to the completely legitimate demands of its own citizens?

For the first time since the Cold War: large-scale rearmament in Great Britain
Scotland is ready to return to the EU as an independent player.

Apart from the internal political cracks due to Brexit, the British have suffered a lot of economic losses. Small and medium-sized businesses focused on exporting to Europe are already drowning from bureaucratic delays and taxation associated with the emergence of new borders. Due to the pandemic, about 6 pubs and restaurants have already closed and will never reopen. Large companies will be forced to cut costs and, consequently, cut staff. London is trying to distribute money to the needy, but the budget is not rubber, and the national debt in this regard has reached a record high. Even bees have suffered from the introduction of Brexit. For decades the UK has imported bees from Italy, Greece and Spain. Now this process, for obvious reasons, has either risen noticeably or has become completely impossible. Bees are needed in Britain not only for the production of honey, but also for the pollination of fruit crops. In general, the created ecological chain will fail in the near future, and British farmers will miss up to 30% of the harvest.

It is noteworthy that Boris Johnson calls these problems nothing more than "childhood illnesses." It is supposed to treat ailments with time and multibillion-dollar infusions into the military-industrial complex.

British weapons


In four years, Boris Johnson intends to build a host of new weapons both for export and for his own army. You could say Britain is preparing to experience a new industrial revolution. Dissatisfied Scots will be entrusted with the construction of warships, Northern Ireland will deal with space satellites, and modernized Challengers with new guns will be produced in Wales. There are plans to create a space weapons center and even launch its own rocket in 2022. Cyber ​​units of the British army will fend off network threats from Russia and China. It is also planned to start developing and producing lithium in Cornwall - before that the only working lithium deposit in Europe was in Portugal. This anti-ecological decision had to be made due to Boris Johnson's environmental initiative to abandon internal combustion engines in the next ten years. It can be assumed that "green" technologies will come to the military sphere as well - it is necessary to put the products that are difficult to export somewhere. And there are plans for the widespread construction of wind turbines, which will require new billions and billions.

A £ 80bn defense budget should put Britain in the second highest military spending in the NATO bloc. Johnson intends, with saber rattles, to restore the country's prestige after the generally scandalous agreement to leave the EU. Similar militaristic sentiments in London are unanimously supported by both parties and the cabinet. It's all about the conservative pacifists of David Cameron, who at one time reduced defense spending by 8 billion pounds at once and reduced the size of the armed forces by a quarter. And the total shortfall in the military budget reached 13 billion pounds. It remains only to find the required billions and not to slide the country into hyperinflation.


The modernization of the British army on the ground will be an important part of the $ 80 billion budget. Source: tyt.by

The situation with plans to overcome the corona and Brexit crises raises several new questions. Firstly, Britain withdrew from the European Union, which was conceived, among other things, as an anti-militaristic union of countries, and immediately began to arm itself. Even after the Second World War, Europeans believed that countries closely linked by trade would no longer fight. London, as if in confirmation of this thesis, intends to become the military power number 2 in NATO and, probably, even in the world. And the second thesis. Singing a good old song about external enemies in an era of crisis, Great Britain will further aggravate relations with "autocratic" Russia. Another state joined the Cold War 2.0. And this is perhaps the most unpleasant conclusion from the Brexit crisis.
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  1. Doccor18
    Doccor18 22 March 2021 04: 26
    -1
    intends to become the No. 2 military power in NATO and probably even in the world.

    Sounds like a bad joke.

    And what else remains. The EU divorce has hit the economy hard. Tops in corporations want to eat deliciously. Therefore, all items of expenditure are being reduced, and the defense industry will be inflated by almost one and a half times ... The people live badly, it is Russia that is to blame ... Nothing new. Everything has already been played hundreds of times ...
    1. Vladimir61
      Vladimir61 22 March 2021 05: 26
      +5
      Quote: Doccor18
      Sounds like a bad joke.

      But if they really increase the number of nuclear warheads used in Trident II missiles by 40% - from the current 180 to 260, then we, with such an increase in the overall standings of NATO warheads, will not get any more comfortable.
      1. Civil
        Civil 22 March 2021 09: 09
        +5
        Another state joined the Cold War 2.0.

        Wealthy and influential state.
        And the most hypocritical. Thieves, crooks, oligarchs from all over the world are hiding with the loot in London. But the plundered countries are to blame.
    2. dSK
      dSK 22 March 2021 07: 06
      -3
      Quote: Doccor18
      the defense industry will be inflated by almost half
      England, under Churchill's leadership, was the author of the Cold War. And now she "sets it on fire".
      Everything was "staged" in advance, Trump thwarted the extension of START-3 and "presented" nuclear weapons to Italy. Biden agreed to the extension of START-3, and Russia agreed to at least temporarily stop the escalation of the "third world", although NATO as a whole has an advantage in the number of nuclear weapons. NATO's next step, through England, widens this gap.
      1. Basil50
        Basil50 22 March 2021 11: 13
        0
        You are right, hypocrisy and outright lies are perceived as the basis of English rhetoric at all levels. It is even more dumbfounded when a subject talks about democracy and freedom. In England, there are many laws where it is written about * loyalty to the crown * with terrible punishments if they suspect * infidelity *.
        However, England is not the only kind of state with a sole owner and claims to democracy. It's amazing how the most rabid subjects talk about freedoms in other countries.
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 11: 44
          +2
          Even more dumbfounded when a citizen talks about democracy and freedom
          Nationals remained in 1948-see British Nationality act 1948. Now citizens are citizen-so it is written in the passport.
    3. Bolt cutter
      Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 11: 48
      +3
      People live badly, so it is Russia that is to blame
      It is normal for the people to live here. Better still better yes - but overall not bad fellow .
      1. Krasnodar
        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 13: 33
        +1
        Quote: Bolt Cutter
        People live badly, so it is Russia that is to blame
        It is normal for the people to live here. Better still better yes - but overall not bad fellow .

        Greetings! hi
        NHS leaves a lot to be desired compared to Germany, of course
        And so - everyone who moved there is happy.))
        1. Bolt cutter
          Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 13: 41
          +1
          Good day! I am not familiar with the German healthcare system (only with the police wassat ) but a colleague mother brought him from Italy to be treated in England. Personally, I have no complaints about the NHS. Yes, (from experience) the attending physician was German for the first time, and the second time an Israeli-Jew.
          1. Krasnodar
            Krasnodar 22 March 2021 13: 44
            -1
            Italy and Germany are slightly different countries)).
            If you have no complaints - great good
            1. Bolt cutter
              Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 13: 52
              -1
              Italy and Germany are slightly different countries
              But Italy is still not Cambodia. What is wrong with the NHS?
              1. Krasnodar
                Krasnodar 22 March 2021 14: 34
                +1
                It doesn't concern me in any way, those living there are not very happy. One mother was transported to Cologne (lung cancer), the other went to Israel to complete the diagnostics. I'm talking about Russians living in London.
                1. Bolt cutter
                  Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 14: 42
                  +1
                  If a person does not want to wait a little, or if he is not satisfied with his classless attitude towards himself, then yes, go ahead. I will say that I myself know that they are doing everything right, the equipment is not from museums. Quite normal. I even stared at BigBen from the window of the ward. The ward is not single - but it was even better for me - there was someone to shoot cigarettes and listen to stories. There was a case once - I had to wait a long time for the record - I went to a paid doctor.
                  1. Krasnodar
                    Krasnodar 22 March 2021 14: 45
                    0
                    The classless attitude has nothing to do with it - in Germany and Israel it is absolutely the same. Time is yes. And flexibility - they are reluctant to use targeting and immunotherapy, because it “should be a second line treatment if the chemistry didn't work, and so on.
                    Single rooms show-off - I agree
                    1. Bolt cutter
                      Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 14: 50
                      -1
                      reluctant to use targeting and immunotherapy
                      Its own medical school with its only faithful yes opinion. But they also have these tools. And not in London, the problem of waiting ceases to be relevant - there are too many people coming in large numbers and everyone needs sad
                      1. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 14: 52
                        0
                        This is for sure - England is not rubber fellow
                      2. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 14: 58
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                        The problem (since we are talking about medicine) is that they come with diseases that European doctors read about half a page in the textbook. And also speed (guess where) and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Tuber was nearly wiped out in England - but imports helped.
                      3. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 15: 04
                        +1
                        This is a problem for all Europeans - rare diseases are well treated only in the States, because there it is advisable to have a NI base for the development of their therapy - there are stupidly 320 million more cases than 80 million.
                        A tube is about flexibility. The Israelis even made a special maternity hospital for AIDS and tuberculosis women in labor))
                      4. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 15: 10
                        +2
                        A tube is about flexibility
                        Multi-resistant - imports from Pakistan and Bangladesh (in England, before the mass refugee, it was a rarity). Many of them are illegal (that is, they are not monitored by doctors) and work - attention - in the restaurants of their more successful fellow countrymen And AIDS, in principle, is not so dangerous - the main thing is not to inject together, including with leather needles wassat .
                      5. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 15: 23
                        -1
                        Including not from the back door)).
                        So Pakistani and Indian (unfortunately) restaurants should be excluded from the list of visited
                      6. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 15: 36
                        0
                        I did it for a long time - when I saw the kitchen in real life ... And they themselves do not care - the national flavor adds wassat Often the employees of these establishments also live there in order to save up faster.
                      7. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 15: 43
                        0
                        Oh ... a hotbed. Is the mayor of London still Pakistani?
                      8. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 15: 49
                        0
                        Is the mayor of London still Pakistani?
                        So far, yes, he never turned into an Englishman laughing ... An illustrative story of the harm to voters' passivity - the weather was good on election day, and the people scored on them, and those who were told in the mosques to go and vote (yes, they did) went with their families and voted for their own. By the way, the alternative was yours - from the Orthodox lol ... That's how he climbed to power. To be fair, he does not have much power and he is a puppet tycoon of the real estate market. Zach Goldsmith is a brilliant banker - so vote for whomever you get ... nothing special.
                      9. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 16: 26
                        -1
                        No, well, a Jewish mayor can only be voted for in New York laughing
                        Or Yekaterinburg lol
                      10. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 16: 29
                        +1
                        London Jews probably also flooded to drink vodka in good weather, and not choose electionsyes
                        a Jewish mayor can only be voted for in New York
                        And in Tel Aviv will not give a ride wassat ?
                      11. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 16: 42
                        +1
                        It has been rolling until now, but it's not clear whether it is good or bad laughing
                        The first mayor of Tel Aviv was fined by the police for bathing a horse on the beach - it's still a circus)))
                      12. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 16: 45
                        +1
                        To the bride and the mare laughing
                        but whether it is good or bad is not clear
                        Run an experiment - put a Palestinian from Gaza in his position laughing Horses on the beach seem like a childish prank.
                      13. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 17: 04
                        0
                        It depends on what kind of Palestinian - there are smart guys. )) By the way, I, if Th, right, that is, for a tough line of command with Gaza, etc., but among them there are adequate and brilliantly educated people, just their societies are built on a clan basis, hence the trash
                      14. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 17: 10
                        +1
                        I, if what, right
                        So do I.
                        there are adequate and brilliantly educated people
                        One adequate and well-educated (school director) explained to me that blood feud and the death penalty are the pillars of an ideal society belay And the head of the clinic in England, a class doctor who was born and raised here in a wealthy family, was sent to Raqqa for money transfers to Daishevites. So no matter how much you feed the wolf ... By the way, we have a minuser on our tail. Offended to see someone here.
                      15. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 18: 23
                        +1
                        Already drew attention to the minus laughing
                        May Allah, merciful and merciful, prolong his days, may his daughter accept conversion, may he settle in Jerusalem, may his grandchildren serve in the IDF - Amen!
                        I know other examples - people, like people, do not want to have anything to do either with Daesh, but with blood feud, or with a society that supports such traditions.
                      16. Bolt cutter
                        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 19: 00
                        +1
                        I also know, but as it was said somewhere "they cannot be seen, they wear people's faces." One jerk at work was sneakily watching their video on his smartphone - but otherwise was normal. Another - the driver - swore at the Ethiopian Jew and promised to stab him. The one to the police. Our carrier in development was belay in addition to the Koran and the history of the Islamic world, he was extremely interested in IED and loved all kinds of videos! But yes, not all of them are like that. But suspiciously often from "normal" feces crawl out (I have an even worse example). Like it or not, but some kind of paranoia develops. Something like this.
                        may his daughter accept conversion, may he settle in Jerusalem, may his grandchildren serve in the IDF - Amen!
                        Most likely it has already happened yes So the anonymous letter got angry.
                      17. Krasnodar
                        Krasnodar 22 March 2021 19: 07
                        +1
                        Well, no one gives guarantees, of course)). People came from a different culture, remotely trying to support changes in the world from which they fled to the same GB.
                        And something is deposited in the brain ..
  • Terenin
    Terenin 23 March 2021 17: 12
    +5
    The question is why all NATO countries rearm and strengthen ... while NATO itself is expanding, and instability is increasing every year?
  • Vladimir_2U
    Vladimir_2U 22 March 2021 04: 33
    -3
    There are several reasons for such compassion.
    Nice syllable! laughing


    London, as if in confirmation of this thesis, intends to become the military power number 2 in NATO and, probably, even in the world.
    Something tells me that Britashka's train has left!
    1. Far B
      Far B 22 March 2021 05: 17
      0
      All rhetoric of the leader of the British diplomat is full of threats
      This is even better. Stronger "Faust" Goethe will be.
  • Fedorovich
    Fedorovich 22 March 2021 05: 06
    +2
    Attempts to galvanize the corpse of an empire always end badly.
  • Nitarius
    Nitarius 22 March 2021 05: 22
    -1
    )) If you continue in the same channel ... there will be no one to fight .... Some GEEI .. but they do not breed .... no matter how they want to!
  • 1536
    1536 22 March 2021 06: 02
    -2
    It seems that God punished the British by depriving them of their sanity.
  • Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich 22 March 2021 06: 48
    -2
    In any case, England can become a military power only for its eternal slaves, Poland and a couple of African countries. More for the Square.
  • Pereira
    Pereira 22 March 2021 10: 16
    -1
    They want to do, let them do it. You just need to understand that in 10-15-20 years this technique will be used by Negroes with Asians, because there will be no white fighting and working age left.
    This point should be taken into account already at the design stage.
    1. Lara Croft
      Lara Croft 22 March 2021 20: 29
      -1
      Quote: Pereira
      You just need to understand that in 10-15-20 years this technique will be used by Negroes with Asians, because there will be no white fighting and working age left.

      Well, the whites from the Ukrainian Armed Forces use their ancient Saxon armored personnel carriers ...
  • Petrik66
    Petrik66 22 March 2021 10: 40
    +1
    Our Lavrov has already sent one British Foreign Secretary. now another talented young politician decided to write about a bright future and the revival of English power. What remains to be done? It's a shame, it's a shame that some kind of Russians and Chinese, but they are not gentlemen at all, do not want to bring gifts and know their place. How many statements have already been made ?! It's time to stop reflecting on every bunch of these figures and deal with your liberals.
  • Bolt cutter
    Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 11: 37
    +1
    London tries to give money to the needy
    80% of your salary from March 2020 to September 2021 if you are forced out of work due to a lockdown.
    1. Pereira
      Pereira 22 March 2021 14: 52
      0
      In Germany, the size of payments is reduced from time to time.
      1. Bolt cutter
        Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 14: 53
        0
        But they (payments) have a place to be, and this is already not bad.
        1. Pereira
          Pereira 22 March 2021 14: 54
          0
          Not bad. Only people take to the streets anyway. German officials are no smarter than ours.
  • Bolt cutter
    Bolt cutter 22 March 2021 11: 59
    0
    And the total shortfall in the military budget reached 13 billion pounds.
    One and a half years of payments to the EU budget.
    Let those who are to blame for the economic crisis pay - the logic of the Scots can be understood
    The British are already subsidizing Scotland - this is a subsidized region. The European Union can help them now only with a couple of hundred thousand refugees.
  • Guru
    Guru 22 March 2021 12: 06
    -1
    It remains only to find the required billions and not slide the country into hyperinflation.
    This moment will be very interesting, but for now the British have decided to use the Russian recipe (to raise the GDP at the expense of the military-industrial complex). But I must make a reservation in Russia this recipe "It doesn't work very well."
  • iouris
    iouris 22 March 2021 12: 53
    0
    Here's to you, grandma, and the Treaty on the Limitation of Medium-Range Missiles, hastily signed by Biden! Only a pale-faced man could step on a rake twice.
    And it is not difficult to deceive me - I myself am glad to be deceived.
  • Simfy
    Simfy 22 March 2021 18: 36
    0
    British "scientists" will willingly use all the allocated funds)))
  • xorek
    xorek 22 March 2021 20: 18
    -3
    It's too late, something the Anglo-Saxons .... Against whom are you rearming and who will you play off? That's the question .
  • NF68
    NF68 23 March 2021 17: 03
    0
    If they want to spend that kind of money, then the flag is in their hands.