Fraser Nelson Fraser Nelson

Britain can now afford to send a man into space. Pity we can’t afford a proper navy

HMS Ark Royal leaves Portsmouth for Turkey today to be dismantled and sold for scrap; the Harrier jets she once carried are being sold to the Americans for spare parts. She’s being decommissioned early as we can’t afford to keep her now. Times are tough, and hard choices need to be made.

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