The new Council was in its maintenance fleet, which even inferior to the French, and by the number of battleships and cruisers, although neither the Parliament, nor was a special feeling in the community that the situation quite far from what it ought to be. The fleet at that time did not have the support of the press. There were no writers or journalists - either in society or in the environment of naval officers - who have taken on the mission of the formation of public opinion in relation to the correct perception of the idea of ??sea power. Since the Reform Act erected savings and reduce costs for the Navy in the rank of a fetish, it was clear that as the first victim of financial myopia Gladstone was elected precisely fleet, and since then a huge cost reduction have been held by the disarmament ships calculation of workers from state-owned shipyards and the cessation of supplies procurement needs of the fleet.