But their plans have proved difficult to complete.
The HS report continues "With the army and reserve forces struggling for recruits, the Tory government has launched a £50m Cadet Expansion Programme (CEP) to establish 500 school cadet units across the UK by 2020, with schools in “less affluent” areas being prioritised."
In my city, Kingston-Upon-Hull on the north bank of the River Humber Yorkshire, army recruiting sessions in the centre of town were poorly responded and recruiting numbers fell.
Perhaps people are not poor enough yet to feel all that is on offer is a life in the army or another service but as so-called cannon fodder.
Fear not the Tory government axe will likely as not soon change that.
Austerity, supposedly necessary following the global economic crisis of 2008, is cited time and time again for lack of public service funding, job cuts and social security reforms but there is always money for the weapons of war and more.
There is nothing wrong with a military life if that is what you want but brainwashing children while they are still at school is not the way to up numbers. The way to do that is offer a fair pay package and the necessary training.
Some will argue a little discipline will not do these kids any harm. Well let them. If the cannot see there is a Tory agenda at work here they must be blind.
How many young men took the King's shilling way back when and happily trotted off to WW1 as they had little alternative? How many died or had their futures ruined by their military years?
Who the Hell voted this Tory shower into office?
They continue to take us back in time.
But Wednesday the Guardian reported "A Swedish prosecutor has cancelled an appointment to interview Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to the WikiLeaks founder, who has been living in the building for nearly three years to avoid extradition."
To be fair if the Swedish lawyers did not receive official permission from the Embassy to enter the building the 'meeting' was never going to happen.
Does that mean it may at a future date?
It is worth noting that at time of writing no charges have been brought against Assange in Sweden. So a great deal of costly policing to make sure he does not walk out as a free man looks very suspect.
British police have been present outside of the embassy each and every day since Assange took refuge in 2012. Austerity goes out of the window to make sure Assange cannot step one foot outside without being arrested. Huge sums of money are being spent on overtime to ensure this 24/7 police presence continues.
In 2013 RT reported "The cost of the surveillance, which is believed to involve two police vehicles and eight officers on duty at all times, is now over $16,500 a day, Scotland Yard recently reported. The operation cost British taxpayers over $5 million since Assange got his refuge on June 19, 2012. By the time the anniversary falls, the sum is expected to have gone over $6.3 million.
Fast forward to 2015 and the cost to the British taxpayers is estimated at £10 million, at least; roughly £10,500 a day.
It has to be blatantly obvious that policing Assange has little to do with 'sex allegations' against him in Sweden.
Assange is still viewed as a threat but to whom?
Earlier in June Russia Today reported:
WikiLeaks releases ‘largest’ trove of docs exposing secret TiSA trade deal
'Profits over public health': Secret TPP Healthcare Annex published by WikiLeaks
On July 3 Mr Assange will celebrate his 44th birthday; will it be inside the embassy as a prisoner of the state or as a free man?
He is becoming a forgotten man, a hero to some and an enemy to others.
Julian Assange on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Secretive Deal Isn’t About Trade, But Corporate Control
18 million ‘mug shots’ cross-referenced and identified! Was this information gathered from passports at airports, CCTV which monitors almost our every move or where? If it is from police databases are we expected to believe that there are 18 million known 'criminals' in the UK?
Police defended their actions saying after checking them against a list of wanted criminals who target music festivals the images captured were destroyed.
But the same source in February also reported "US authorities begin rolling out the TSA’s new “emotional recognition” surveillance technology systems nationwide – and soon to be implemented worldwide."
We are no longer on a slippery slope but sliding down off the Big Brother cliff at the bottom.
Having unleashed a war of hate following interference in Middle Eastern civil wars and parts of Africa, plus helping reignite the cold war, the west is now facing increased terrorist threats; but if we abandon the very freedoms we like to tout elsewhere and should want to protect we may as well give up and give in.
To date increased surveillance in the UK did nothing to prevent the killing of soldier Lee Rigby on the streets of Woolwich even though his killers were known to police and Special Forces.
Is the obsession with gathering personal data more about controlling the masses, having the upper hand in any future potential protests or rebellions and helping maintain the status quo for the 1% or elite of the UK?
As they say 'you don't know what you got till it’s gone' and that's the truth.
By the time people wake-up and think they smell police state it will be a fait accompli and too late to act.