Wasting cash on warfare

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I was surprised to be told by a UKIP spokesperson (letters, November 18) that I confuse “defence with militaristic aggression”, when my letter November 11 suggested that “the primary duty of government should be to care for the welfare of its citizens”.

I have consistently opposed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now some 85 per cent of the UK population believe that the war in Afghanistan was unnecessary, damages our reputation abroad and increases the risk of terrorism at home. The war has nothing to do with the defence of the UK and is a clear example of aggressive military action.

A civilised country would be making sure that its older citizens do not freeze to death, instead of wasting £4.8billion a year waging a war that is now only a face-saving exercise for politicians at Westminster.

Alastair Lings

Tweed Road

Galashiels