I'm inclined to agree however I imagine the political motivation behind it is the mistaken belief it will improve efficiency and save overhead costs. We all know that it will cost £M's to put back, when it is proven not to work (as in Canada) but for a "quick win" within the political arena they look at immediate savings rather than long-term costs to put it right again.Quite frankly that Canadian General can suck my plums.
Although there’s an argument to disband the RAF...
When will people learn that centralisation DOESN’T WORK.
When they merged police services into one up here and did the same with fire, it has left huge gaps in knowledge. It doesn't work.
The problem with Scotland is the landscape and needs are extremely varied and that's now a total cluster. I can see the same happening with this suggestion of merging armed forces.Yep, with a few thousand police officers risking discipline, to petition to get it out back.
Scotland has notoriously screwed up the emergency services. The ambulance service was merged first, with various problems ignored, and then none of those lessons were learned when merging the police and fire services too. With a lot of people unhappy about it, and very bad problems that are swept under the rug, that the general public would be horrified about. And massive gaps of coverage, and reduced service/quality of service for areas. Not to mention the over complicated, drawn out and politics involved in simple tasks, or bureaucratic BS you have to wade through to get anything done.
The idea behind this move is that it generates economies of scale, bringing down the price of equipment and making efficiency savings. The single biggest cost saving would be in slashing the number of senior Officers the three services have, saving several millions in salaries and pensions.
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