Ending the big bang?

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I have to admit that Simon Jenkins (a man with a capacity to annoy, often) wrote an intriguing column in the Guardian this morning.

He asked for £45 billion of public spending cuts. He asked for the elimination of the entire defence budget.

As a former Quaker I have considerable sympathy with the argument, but his was not a philosophical approach. It was purely practical. As he put it:

I am all for being defended, but at the present price I am entitled to ask against whom and how. Of all the public services that should justify themselves from ground zero, defence is the first.

And it’s hard to argue.

So how about it David, Nick and George? That should go down a treat with Telegraph readers? Will you do this rather than sacrifice our pensioners? After all – what’s more important: war games against unknown enemies or real people?