Nikolay Kalinin on Defence Secretary Ben Wallace’s laughable attempt to condemn those not backing the ‘Brexit boat’ as unpatriotic
It’s pretty clear to every rational person in Britain – even the ones who voted to “take back control” – that the government’s decision to invest £250 million into a “royal yacht” rather than give that money to, say, the NHS is plainly stupid. This fact, however, has not yet been grasped by the Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace.
Following Labour’s criticism of the £250 million being wasted on a “royal yacht,” Wallace accused the party of being unpatriotic. He remarked: “That’s Labour’s problem. They’re not patriotic about these sort of things, they don’t understand the workforces,” before mentioning workers in Barrow-in-Furness and Lancashire responsible for creating nuclear submarines and fighter jets.
I am not sure if Wallace is aware of this, but there’s a difference between investing in jet fighters and submarines and investing in a massive £250 million ‘Brexit boat,’ and that difference is that one benefits the country and one is simply an unnecessary expense.
It’s hilarious that Wallace is trying to portray himself as a supporter of the workforce, despite the fact that he has voted for more restrictive regulation of trade union activity amongst other things.
Furthermore, Wallace has shown himself to be dismissive of the idea that helping vulnerable people means being a good politician; for example, he has voted against spending public money on the creation of guaranteed jobs for unemployed young people, and he has also voted for the utterly pointless and stupid ‘bedroom tax.’
It is then puzzling to see Mr. Wallace try to show himself as a patriot when all he has ever done for the working class is vote to impose more restrictions on them, and I advise him to stop prattling about patriotism and start actually doing things that will benefit the people.