The war against Libya and the laughing British taxpayer

‘UK military operations in Libya are costing taxpayers more than £40 million a month, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said today’

What’s it costing British taxpayers to bomb Libya? | Ian Katz | The Guardian

Nato’s new headquarters in Brussels will cost its members €1billion (£841 million) at a time of deep cuts to British defence budgets and despite promises by the Alliance to cut its costs. Officials confirmed the rising scale of the cost against a background of Nato pledges to reduce its command structure, agencies and national HQs by 30 per cent in response to savage defence cuts in most of its 28 member states. But despite the promises of cuts to Nato bureaucracy, construction began in mid-December on a stylish new building to house military officials.

Photo: ‘UK military operations in Libya are costing taxpayers more than £40 million a month’, Defence Secretary Liam Fox said.


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  1. kruitvat Says:

    ‘Libya war costs UK taxpayers £260m’
    Thu Jun 23, 2011

    The UK government has finally announced that the cost of UK military involvement in the Libya war so far is £260 million, contrasting George Osborne’s former argument, claiming the Libya war would cost UK tens, not hundreds of millions of pounds.

    In a written statement to the MPs, Defence Secretary Liam Fox revealed that the estimated cost of “the six-month, NATO-led campaign was in the region of £120m”.

    Fox went on to say that “another £140m will have to be spent replacing missiles and other munitions if the mission continued at the same rate.”

    Liam Fox also told the MPs that the Treasury admitted to meet the Libya costs from the reserve.

    The announcement comes as the UK taxpayers increasingly urge the government to halt the Libya war, speculating that the interference by the UK has placed a heavy burden on the British taxpayers who are struggling with the government’s harsh spending cuts.

    Since the coalition forces began their airstrikes over the country, aiming to oust the Libyan ruler and change the regime, several speculations have been made, rejecting the government’s on and off shocking estimations.

    Chancellor George Osborne formerly estimated that the cost of the country’s interference over Libya would only be “in the order of tens of millions of pounds, not hundreds of millions.”

    Meanwhile Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander declared that the cost would run into hundreds of millions of pounds.

    Ministers have strongly insisted that the government took the cash from the Treasury reserve and not the defence budget.

    This is while analysts believe that, instead of claiming to save the lives of Libyan civilians by spending a lot of money in the war, the British government can instead use this amount of money on the Education Maintenance Alowance (EMA), or bringing care homes back into public ownership, or cutting VAT, or even keeping public sector pensions.

    Right before issuing his statement, Fox claimed that the government had to use more expensive precision weaponry in order to minimize civilian casualties in Libya.

    “Many people at home will be thinking ‘Why is it always Britain that has to do this?’ and I think it is important that Britain does contribute, but I think we want to see some more of our NATO allies, particularly the European NATO allies, do more of the campaign [and] more of the fighting,” he said.

    British taxpayers have repeatedly expressed their outrage against the government’s war policies; the public strongly urged the government to spend the budget wasted on the wars on Libya and Afghanistan, on the public services formerly cut due to the country’s economic deficit.

    Along with the UK public, the army chiefs also spoke out about the imposed defence cuts. The head of the Army, General Sir Peter Wall, also joined his Navy and RAF counterparts in questioning the military capability in the country’s future tougher economic condition.

    Defending the costs, Foreign Secretary William Hague said, “Whatever we are spending on the operations in Libyan it doesn’t cost anything like as much as the cost of a humanitarian catastrophe.”

    Meanwhile, Barry Gardiner MP for Brent North urged a debate on the country’s military operations over Libya.

    “This week we have found out the war in Libya is costing a quarter of a billion pounds; this week we have found that the military leadership of this country believe that our armed forces are overstretched in engaging in that endeavour,” he said.

    Stating that the UK forces are acting as the military wing for the Libyan revolutionary forces in a civil war, Gardiner asked, “Can we now have a debate to find out why it is that British troops are not enforcing the ceasefire on both sides?”


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