Britain would be powerless to deter Russian aggression, because he doesn’t see upholding peace and security in Europe – let alone the world – to be part of his job.
Posts Tagged: Defence
Ruth Davis: Cyber threats are the new norm – and not just from Russia. Business needs to up its game.
Government research shows that the average person is roughly eleven times more likely to be the victim of cyber-crime than an in-person robbery.
The Prime Minister faces a difficult afternoon – but will be aided by the unwillingess of Tory backbenchers to line up with Jeremy Corbyn.
WATCH: Thornberry – “It cannot be Donald Trump and a couple of allies deciding unilaterally” on Syria
“We have been here before, when we have not had clear evidence about weapons of mass destruction.”
WATCH: Johnson – “This was the right thing to do – to deter the use of chemical weapons not just by Assad but around the world”
“People around the world are looking now and saying ‘finally, someone stood up against that’, and the world said ‘enough’ to the use of such weapons.”
Three in four support some kind of action. However, three in five appear unwilling to risk members of our armed forces losing their lives.
She cited the attack in Salisbury: “We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised….in Syria, on the streets of the UK…
“This is not about intervening in a civil war…It is about a limited and targeted strike”. May’s Syria statement: full text
“We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised – within Syria, on the streets of the UK…”
If there is a Commons vote on Syria, the willingness of Labour rebels to support action could make all the difference
In 2013, Conservative rebels joined with Labour to sink Cameron’s plan. Might the reverse happen five years later?
And: should the Government have the power to do so without a preceding Commons vote?
She will be feeling a hand of history on her shoulder, and wondering if the other holds a knife at her back.
Parliament’s job should be to hold the Prime Minister and Executive to account for what they have to do, rather than becoming a party to it.
Henry Newman: The unified reaction to the Skripal affair suggests talk of Britain’s ‘isolation’ was premature
To listen to some commentators a few weeks ago, you’d have thought it was only EU membership – not shared interests and values – that brings allies together.
The “extraordinary international response by our allies” amounts to “the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers ever”, Johnson says.
James Frayne: National security isn’t a priority for most voters. But here’s why it could matter at the next election.
It can be a proxy for “leadership” – and it offers the chance to further differentiate the party culturally from Labour.