Lions, Donkeys and Dinosaurs
is a non-fiction book by Lewis Page criticising the British Armed Forces
for waste and incompetence.
Page contends that inter-service rivalry
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.
, writing in the Daily Telegraph
, praised the force and humour of the writing, and the comprehensive and informed nature of the criticism. 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 ( seems to believe everything he was told) and his remarks are frequently facile, which undermines his judgment on important procurement issues he raises."... Read More