By Ian Drury for the Day by day Mail
Updated: 09:26 BST, 23 September 2011
Controversy: Ruler West made slandering comments about Belgium what’s more, Denmark
The shadow protection secretary issued a rushed conciliatory sentiment to Belgium what’s more, Denmark recently after a previous Work serve called them â€˜second-tierâ€™ countries.
Lord West made the slur while demanding that England was still a major power, in spite of protection cuts.
The previous security minister, who moreover headed the Illustrious Navy, said the UK remains a key figure on the world stage, be that as it may cautioned that slicing military capacities as well far would make us more like â€˜bloody Denmark or, on the other hand Belgiumâ€™.
The comments are humiliating given that both countries are locked in in military operations in Afghanistan what’s more, Libya along with English troops.
Denmark has paid a especially substantial cost in the war against the Taliban, with the most astounding loss check relative to populace of all the unified nations involved.
Lord West was talking at the dispatch of Labourâ€™s ten-month audit into protection acquirement policy, with the Coalition hacking out thousands of soldiers, mariners what’s more, aviators as well as hundreds of warships, contender jets, spy planes what’s more, tanks in an exertion to cut the Service of Protection financial plan by Â£4.7billion.
He said Britainâ€™s wealth, sends out what’s more, lasting enrollment of the Joined together Countries Security Chamber â€˜gives us certain cloutâ€™.
Speaking in a question what’s more, reply session with 100 writers what’s more, visitors from the safeguard industry at Work home office in focal London, he added: â€˜These mean we are not a second-tier power.
‘We are not wicked Denmark or, on the other hand Belgium, what’s more, in the event that we attempt to move toward becoming that, I think we would be more terrible off as a result.â€™
Ship-shape: Master West said that England is still a first-rate military power. Imagined is the Illustrious Navy’s HMS Lancaster
Sitting next to the peer, an humiliated Jim Murphy said: â€˜Obviously, for any companions from Belgium or, on the other hand Denmark, apologies. Or, on the other hand ought to I say previous companions from Belgium or, on the other hand Denmark?â€™
Defence Secretary Liam Fox said he was â€˜appalledâ€™ by the â€˜stupid what’s more, insensitiveâ€™ comments.
Lord West proceeded to say of Britain: ‘We are probably, depending on what figures you use, the fifth or, on the other hand 6th wealthiest country in the world
â€˜We have the biggest rate of our Gross domestic product on exports, separated from the tiny nations around the world, we run world shipping from the UK, we are the biggest European financial specialist in south Asia, south east Asia what’s more, the Pacific Rim, so our cash what’s more, our riches depends on this worldwide scene.’
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