Failing to help them transition to civilian life is not only a betrayal of those who serve, but a huge waste of their skills and expertise.
Iraq may be a voluntary union in theory, but in practice it is sectarian, over-centralised, and coercive.
Why wouldn’t we want to have world class customs systems, cutting edge digital border controls and resilient road infrastructure?
The truth is that any money committed now will return multiples of cost in a reduced price for an agreement with the EU.
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I believe that there will be a growing clamour for any deal to be put by referendum to the British people before the final decision is taken.
The Kurds’ desire for greater autonomy is understandable, but this is not the time to propose independence.
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There will always be an element of policing that involves helping those in distress or crisis. But our officers are no substitute for proper NHS services.
I can say, with hand on humble heart, that I have never seen, or even heard of, a document so unconstructively negative as the Guidelines.
There is a case for the EU guaranteeting internal as well as external frontiers – which would make Scottish independence impossible were the UK to remain an EU member.
While we still have a commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of our GDP on foreign aid, I would much rather see such funds allocated to our Overseas Territories.
I have long been struck by the incredible stresses placed upon them by a system that is meticulous in its oppression across so many of the European institutions.
This proposal already has considerable support from institutions, including the Yorkshire Building Society, who have published research into the benefits this change would bring.
The Crown Prince has taken the lesson from neighbouring Arab states. Progress may be slow, but it cannot be reversed.
People are not yet at the point where they believe the party in government needs kicking out; they are still willing to give us a hearing.
The key question is not whether we can diverge, but whether we can do so without asking the EU first and obtaining their prior agreement.