What can you do?
The UKNDA is “a campaign for sufficient, appropriate and fully funded Armed Forces that the United Kingdom needs”. By joining (£3 per month) or donating you will add your name and financial support to about the only independent group lobbying government, politicians and the media on behalf of the armed forces.
Write to your MP
There will be a wide variation in MPs attitudes and knowledge of RN issues. However writing a letter to them asking them if they will challenge the government about the decline of the RN will at least cause them to think about the issue. This sort of action will help dispel the idea that ‘there are no votes in defence”. If you don’t know who your MP is or their address, you can find out at www.writetothem.com by simply entering your postcode.
Write to the Secretary of State for Defence
Michael Fallon was appointed Defence Secretary in July 2014 (The 8th Defence Secretary in 13 years). Previous incumbent Pillip Hammond has brought some long-term stability to MoD finances but a heavy cost to the current frontline strength. Despite cuts to defence spending since 1990, there is still a lack of political courage to ring-fence defence spending and there is no guarantee there will not be more cuts. In the botched 2010 Strategic Defence review the RN suffered the most. As we approach the 2015 SDSR we urge the government of the day there be no more defence cuts and the RN get an increase share of defence expenditure.
You can contact the minister through an online form here or write to him at MOD Ministerial Correspondence Unit, 5th Floor, Zone A, Main Building, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB
Twitter: If you have a Twitter account, why not send tweets about the state of the Royal Navy? Twitter allows you to reach a potentially huge audience very quickly and raise awareness. We have a Twitter feed here which provides general news about the RN as well as highlighting the government negect of the service. Why not follow us and re-tweet from our feed or tweet any relevant news stories you find?
Facebook: Like the Save the Royal Navy Facebook Page Why not like us, make a comment or share our RN-related content with your friends on Facebook
Write to the press / comment online
Writing a stiff letter to the Times may seem like an old-fashioned approach but most newspapers and magazines do still carry letters/emails which can shape opinions. The web offers a fast and free way to get the message out there. Whenever RN-related articles appear online in the media there is often an opportunity to comment on the story or vote in a poll.
Tell your friends
Spreading the word to those who will listen is a valuable contribution. There is no need to become a “naval bore” but the more people understand the need for the RN, the better. The Government has got away with so many cuts to the RN over the years mainly because the media has ignored naval issues and most people are ignorant of purpose and the state of the RN.
The RN presentation team
If your company or organisation can be persuaded and you can gather a group of 40 or more people, you can invite the RN presentation team to visit. In our ‘sea-blind’ society this can help raise awareness of the purpose and need for the RN. You can submit a request for them to visit or find out where they are scheduled to give presentations on the RN website here.
Riot! / Lawful Rebellion
Well maybe not… But unfortunately the ideas listed on this page won’t exactly bring down the government unless huge numbers respond. All you can do is spread the word and make you voice heard. Sadly the media is mostly only interested when things go wrong. Unless there is urgent action there will undoubtedly be a ‘crunch point’ in the future when the RN is unable to “fight and win”. So do what you can now.
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