Re: Not completely stupid
If the idiot hadn't scrapped Ark Royal, Lusty an Invincible we could have had more aircraft carriers carrying more planes for a fraction of the cost.
Sadly, all three were long in the tooth, and would have needed such signifcant work it would be better to start again. All three villlage idiots (Blair, Brown and Cameron) certainly deserve their tag, but primarily for ordering replacements too late (assuming there's a need, I'm with Voland's Right Hand above), scrapping the existing assets too early, and for orderng carriers big enough to have proper catapults, but then not specifying them as mandatory. And then they made it worse by selecting the camel that is the F35B. Back in the day, the UK made some fantastic carrier aircraft - the Harrier was interesting, but more of a solution searching for a problem (the problem, as in so much military procurement eventually turned out to the clowns at HM Treasury). The best carrier aircraft was probably the Buccaneer - a purpose built naval strike fighter, designed from the outset for low level performance from carriers - very strong, incredibly manouevrable, with some very clever tricks to enhance lift for take off.
Given that the UK designed and built incredible aircraft like the Vulcan, Hunter, Victor, Bucaneer, TSR2, Lightning, Harrier, you have to wonder how the British government have backed themselves into a corner of having no domestic ability to originate a modern combat aircraft (other than crappy Euro-collaborations). And it isn't as though the need isn't obvious - the requirement for a new strike aircraft to replace the ageing Tornado or Sea Harriers has been obvious for the past thirty years. And it isn't as though it is too expensive to originate a very competent single country modern combat aircraft - Sweden has a population of less than 10m, barely above greater London, yet produced the excellent Gripen on its own. France, of the same size as the UK built the Rafale.
Even when it comes to transport aircraft on most figures (but not maximum payload), the A400M may beat the Belfast, but all things considered the Belfast came into service half a century ago. As for choppers, Lynx was good in its day - but that was forty years ago. Whatever happened to the brilliant aerospace expertise and engineering talent that Britain once had?