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I fear that, in general (not in UK), such behaviour is enabled by the population, and it's not purely political. Here in Switzerland, the "Group for a Switzerland without an army" is sometimes getting enough votes to almost push some things through. I can't believe that all people supporting them are part of a "fifth column", so for a normal person, I can't fathom how they can think not having an army at all makes _any_ sense, in any world, ever. But there are such people, so shrug…

And it's not just such a fringe group. In a recent poll (in the context of the upcoming national elections), most left parties are saying that the army should focus on helping when natural disaster strike, shrinking the army even further, etc. etc. It basically forces one to vote right-wing if they care anything at all about security - sigh.

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