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So a perfectly healthy English battalion was sacrificed instead, prompting its supporters to launch a protest campaign that has seen them heckle Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, during his speech to the Tory conference, and organise yesterday’s march through Whitehall.
The real significance of the Fusiliers’ plight, however, is that it is symptomatic of the Government’s obsession with cutting the defence budget to save costs, rather than giving rational consideration to how savings can be made without inflicting unnecessary damage on our long-term, war-fighting capabilities.
So yesterday’s spectacle, in which several hundred veterans from 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers marched through Whitehall to protest against its disbandment, was a timely reminder of the mounting resentment that many current and former personnel feel about the way their cherished units, and the military as a whole, are being treated by the Government.
Presumably the latter version will be the one on offer.
Normally, battalions with a poor recruitment record would be disbanded, rather than those with a healthy record, like the Fusiliers.
But as many of the low-recruiting regiments are in Wales and Scotland, it was too risky to cut them for fear of inflaming nationalist sensibilities.
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