A Defence Cut Too Far!
has done sterling work in highlighting the daft and dangerous policy of buying our defensive equipment from Johnny Foreigner but a reader reminds me that it is not only bombs and bullets we are going to rely on the French for...
FOR centuries the cavalry, in both fighting and ceremonial roles, has relied on one company to supply steel swords.
Now, after a unique relationship with the British Armed Forces dating back to 1772, Wilkinson Sword is to close the plant where 14 craftsmen make swords worth up to £1,000 each. The demand for high-quality swords is not what it was, and the company, better known for its razors, can no longer keep this side of its business going.
Future generations of cavalrymen will probably have to rely for their ceremonial swords on companies that outsource some components from China and India..