by Tim Webb - £9.99 Comerford and Miller (1998)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781871204094 | ISBN 10: 1871204097
Written in a witty and easy to read style, this book takes a fresh look at the arms business. It shows how Britain developed weapons that did not work to confront an enemy that no longer existed! It is a story that will delight all who believe in the cock-up theory of history.
Tim Webb's analysis reaches a startling conclusion: that far from being a wealth-creating industry and a provider of jobs, weapons manufacture has severely weakened our economy. Civil manufacturing industry has declined as successive governments subsidised military production.
Those who believe that the billions of pounds spent annually on defence have proved value-for-money will find much in this book to challenge such assumptions. The Armour-Plated Ostrich, which includes a critical appraisal of the 1998 Strategic Defence Review, should be on the reading list of everyone who takes an interest in current affairs.
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