Punch,  43 (1862), 193.

Our Bloated Armaments



Poetry, Drollery


Military Technology, Patronage, Politics, War

    Questions the plausibility of Richard Cobden's argument that 'no neighbours e'er would harm us' and that Britain should correspondingly abolish its 'fleet and troops' and 'Armstrong guns'. Notes that it would be a 'blunder' to keep ships 'for show', but that it would also be foolish to pay 'for armaments too small' to meet our defence needs. Concludes by upholding the need for the British to possess means of 'self-protection' 'immensely to excel' those of 'foreign forces'. Observes, 'If arm we must, we must arm well'.

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