Amen to that. At £20m a pop and proven record Super Hornets would have suited us perfectly until the unit cost of F-35C's became tolerable. We could have actually bought and used the damned things, the F-35B will bankrupt the navy and we'll never be able to afford to use them.
What we really need is some Textron Scorpion type planes in large numbers, cheap to buy, cheap to fly, cheap to maintain and great for bombing medieval idiots back to the stone age which seems to be the purpose of our armed forces these days.
Always for us the bleeding edge we can't afford.