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Around and About Westminster: Save our regiment’ is the cry

The plans to restructure the infantry, reducing the number of battalions and involving the abolition of four regiments, has triggered interventions in Parliament from many MPs right across the House who do not usually participate on defence issues more broadly.

For them local sentiment rather than military efficiency is what matters. But, looked at more closely, have the powers that be got the military efficiency argument right? To put it not unkindly MPs are people whose world is replete with specious arguments and many of them are therefore quite good at recognizing such an argument for what it is when they are offered one. What is the logical connection between ending Arms Plotting (good) and abolishing regiments (bad)? Why can

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