Philip Hammond: He thinks the electorate is composed of idiots. Since 2010, this assumption has been right about enough of us to keep the Tories in office.

I really hope somebody is keeping a list.

The Canary, which published the article quoted below, correctly notes the contradiction between Philip Hammond saying austerity must continue for the wider (poorer) population of the UK and the same man saying the UK government will pay for a multi-billion-pound GPS system duplicating one that is already in place.

It’s just another example of pure Tory waste.

They don’t need to spend billions duplicating the EU system. They’re just too proud to make the necessary alternative arrangement.

They are also too scared of the wrath of Brexiteers, despite the fact that a financial arrangement to take advantage of an existing system makes perfect financial sense.

It’s just further evidence that the government – as well as the population – left its intelligence at the door of the polling station on EU referendum day.

Chancellor Philip Hammond has said the UK will “go it alone” and construct its own GPS system in space if the EU does not grant the country post-Brexit access to its Galileo system. And people have reacted angrily.

Galileo is the European Union’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), known as the ‘European GPS’. But after Brexit the EU may not allow the UK to access the state-of-the-art technology.

The Galileo system’s cost is £9bn until 2020. By comparison, the system in use by the US cost $12bn to put into orbit, and it requires a $750m investment to run annually.

Source: People are furious at Philip Hammond’s latest multi-billion pound plan | The Canary

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