Britain's land and sea rescue service is being sold off to the French, it was announced yesterday....which will result in a drop from 40 available helis to fewer than 24.
Defence minister Quentin Davies revealed the £6billion contract would be wrenched from the RAF and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and handed to the private Soteria Consortium.
Naturally, the Tories mounted a strong defefence of Britain's historical experti...
Oh, I can't keep it up:
Tory defence spokesman Liam Fox said: 'We are not opposed to the principle of contracting out, part of the service already is, but we are deeply concerned that a project of this importance and magnitude should be rushed through in the teeth of a General Election.'