Britain no longer has a military

A well-organised and targeted attack is underway against our national defence, and few seem to care. 

With military procurement and equipment in complete disarray – through sheer incompetence – faceless people have embarked on a three-pronged assault to further disarm us by preventing the capable from joining and persuading those who are effective within to leave. In the last few days, we have seen the Defence Secretary beginning to question who, and with what mandate or authority, has decided to change the face of the defences of the United Kingdom. It is his job after all. Any government’s primary responsibility is to defend the nation. 

The vital elements of this attack are first, to block recruitment by discouraging the majority of the population (who have defended the nation for centuries). At the same time, there is the focus on diversity, targeting recruitment on sections of the nation who have no interest whatsoever in joining the military, culturally, for religious reasons or because they are assured that any show of patriotism is a manifestation of white supremacy.  

Prong two: demoralise, isolate and shame the undesirables – those who, under Air Chief Marshal Wigston, were described in an email as “useless white male pilots” – so that they leave in droves.  

Prong three: lower security clearance standards to make it much easier for our enemies to infiltrate our military. One of the last missives was clear that it wished to, “challenge SC [security clearance] requirements” to boost representation in the intelligence and officer corps, positions which have “uncontrolled access to secret assets”. 

This last element is perhaps the most dangerous. On Saturday night, a number of Emirati officers and a Bahrani officer were, with others, slaughtered at the General Gordon in Mogadishu reportedly by those they sought to train. Security clearance standards had been lowered. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab has since claimed responsibility.

Ships which have just been refurbished at great expense are being decommissioned. The Navy can’t take part in Nato exercises, much less deploy effective assets to the Red Sea to protect our own and international shipping from missile and interception attacks by the Iranian backed Houthi Rebels because of a lack of sailors. It has sought to reinforce failure by redeploying marines and sailors to become diversity and inclusion officers to enhance the “lived experience” of personnel amid ongoing recruitment challenges in manning its ships, rather than actually manning the ships.  

What remains of the Army is barely workable – of the 72,000 in its workforce around half have been medically downgraded. The drive to introduce females into frontline units carrying combat loads over long distances has, not surprisingly, taken a shocking toll on their frames. The state of Army equipment is perilous, too. We effectively have no artillery systems since the AS 90s were given to the Ukrainians along with a lump of the ammo and the new system is not in service. A disastrous defence procurement programme has reportedly seen just 44 of an ordered 589 armoured fighting vehicles delivered to the MoD – a decade after bosses signed the £5.5 billion contract.  

But it is the lack of tanks that worries me. Last year it was disclosed that the UK has just 157 Challenger 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) either on or available to undertake operations within a 30-day work-up period, out of a theoretical fleet of 227 vehicles. The figure was disclosed during a UK Defence Committee session on March 8. But now it is believed to be much worse. It has been announced that the Ministry of Defence has 93 diversity networks. Today, we don’t have that many working Challengers 2s!

 The RAF is a glimmer of light. I attended the Chief of the Air Staff’s Conference late last year. They are recovering from the woke policies that rocked them and I found them confident and focused under the new leadership of Air Chief Marshal Sir Rich Knighton.  

The nation demands answers and for these subversive networks to be dismantled. Recruitment is achievable. I took command of a battalion of 250 men under strength of its paper strength of 700. In the Royal Irish we did our own recruitment and with two years were at full strength – with Irishmen. Today that is not possible, due to the contract we have with our outsourcing specialist. They have admitted that they will not reach their targets yet again this year and have suggested recruiting people with visible tattoos, hayfever and eczema in their desperation. I despair. We are as a nation, defenceless. Over to you Grant Shapps.


Colonel Tim Collins is a former British Army officer who served with the SAS and as commander of the Royal Irish during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, when his before-battle speech to his soldiers made headlines around the world

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