Friday, April 24, 2009
Brown Ignores Merkel's Pleadings Over Eurofighter
Tonight Newsnight reported that the government is considering cutting back on Britain's part of the Eurofighter, the new fighter plane for the RAF being built as part of a pan-european effort. I understand that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, telephoned Gordon Brown on the morning of the budget to personally warn him that whatever other cuts he may implement, cutting the UK's part of this key euro-project shouldn't be one of them. It's interesting that the UK's financial position should be thought of as being so weak by a major European partner. Interesting too that Gordon Browns reputation as a continual cutter of the defence budget built up during his decade as chancellor should be so well understood by Britain's allies overseas.