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July 02, 2009

To thy unhappy coast repair

The UK's aircraft carrier program is now one billion pounds over budget.

Say goodbye to the Royal Navy.

A memorandum from the lead contractors seen by the BBC suggests there will "be a fight for the programme's survival". The memo also discusses ways to cut costs, including the possibility of 400 to 500 redundancies. The Ministry of Defence said it was currently re-costing the programme and accounts would be published in July.

Work on the two warships - HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales - had been delayed in December but was due to begin soon.

By their fruits shall ye know them: Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa. Canadian Flea-readers should take little comfort in the news; our violence rate places sixth in the top ten with double the reported rate in the United States. I blame sociology.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 2, 2009 07:47 AM