TONY BLAIR says there's no money for workers who provide public services. But his government is ready to stump up a staggering £10 billion to take part in the US's mad 'Son of Star Wars' plan. The plan is officially called National Missile Defence.
It is supposed to equip the US with early warning systems around the world and develop as yet unproven technology to shoot down any missiles aimed at the US. In reality the plan guarantees a new global arms race as rivals to the US scramble to avoid their weapons being rendered obsolete. Britain is vital to the plan. The US needs special radar stations at places like Fylingdales in Yorkshire.
This will inevitably make Britain more of a military target. New Labour defence secretary Geoff Hoon this week issued a 'public discussion paper'.
In it he makes clear that he and his government are keen to join the mad US plan and spend the £10 billion needed to do so.