One of the ‘jewels in the crown’ of British soft power is at risk of the biggest set of closures in its 90-year history.
It was foolish to allow realistic and limited objectives to be overtaken by utopian nation-building.
In one of an occasional series we are running in advance of the Budget, some radical suggestions for kickstarting the British economy.
We are well-placed to aid in de-escalating the crisis, and ultimately securing a diplomatic solution.
The Government’s policy of reminding the electorate that it is keeping faith with the largest democratic exercise in our country’s political history is correct.
The time has come for her to show leadership and follow through on the clear instruction of the British people to leave the EU.
Yes, survival rates in this country are at their highest ever level, but then so are international survival rates. Our real challenge is to close the gap with averages – let alone the best.
De-certification of nuclear agreement could lead world leaders to conclude that such deals with the United States are not worth the candle.
As possibly the only Brexiteer in the Parliamentary Party’s One Nation group, I am also only too aware that this message must be accompanied by a successful EU negotiation.
Such a phased withdrawal is not necessary, and it provides unnecessary succour to those as yet unreconciled to our leaving the EU.
We must be careful to learn the lessons of our past experiences in the region.
Without this strategic step-change in our approach, the UK’s involvement in air strikes would achieve very little, and could be counter-productive.
Having met Sir John as part of his investigations, and having questioned him earlier this year, I have no doubt he is determined to answer the central question of intent.
Anything short of this is of secondary importance.
We could save an additional 5,000 lives a year if we matched European survival rate averages