Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs

infobox Book
author = Page, Lewis
name = Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs
country = United Kingdom
language = English
subject = Armed Forces
genre = Military science
publisher = Arrow Books
release_date = 2006
media_type = Hardcover, Paperback

"Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs" is a non-fiction book by British ex-naval officer Lewis Page, criticising the British Armed Forces for waste and incompetence.

Page contends that inter-service rivalry, bureaucracy and second-rate equipment waste taxpayer's money and risk the lives of soldiers. He is particularly critical of the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Type 45 destroyer and the Nimrod MRA4 as being both overpriced and of little military value. Above all, he criticises BAE Systems, the British defence company involved in these projects, for huge cost-overruns and poor workmanship. He argues that the UK government should purchase cheaper and better weapons from foreign sources (usually American), rather than continue to prop up BAE.

Page argues that some weapons, including heavy artillery, tanks, frigates and destroyers, are rendered obsolete by modern airpower and that the UK should scrap most or all of its capacity in these areas.

Reception

Max Hastings, writing in the "Daily Telegraph", praised the force and humour of the writing, and the comprehensive and informed nature of the criticism. [cite web| url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2006/01/29/bopag229.xml&sSheet=/arts/2006/01/29/bomain.html | title= Wasting money saving lives| work=Daily Telegraph| author = Max Hastings | date= 2006-02-05 | accessdate=2007-11-08] Nicholas Fearn, in "The Independent" stated the book deserved to be a best-seller, although objected to Page's exclusive focus on the need for fighting current wars. "The Times" said the book was "shot through with inaccuracies ( [Page] seems to believe everything he was told) and his remarks are frequently facile, which undermines his judgment on important procurement issues he raises." [cite news |first=Allan|last=Mallinson |title=The giant cuckoos in the Ministry of Defence's nest|work=The Times |publisher=Times Newspapers |date=2006-01-21|accessdate=2008-02-02 ]

ee also

*Lions led by donkeys

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