Posted on January 23, 2018
There are different ways of trying to measure how a country prioritises defence – but none of these is perfect.
Let’s start by looking at overall defence spending. Last month, the House of Commons Library carried out an analysis that looked at the real-terms (ie inflation-adjusted) changes to defence spending. It found that between 2010 and 2015 the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) budget had fallen by £8bn in real terms. That’s a cut of 18% compared with the 2009-10 budget, according to the Commons library.