As a new manifesto is being finalised, it is time to review how our 2017 commitments on defence have worked out.
Posts Tagged: Defence
The SNP’s Westminster leader is asked whether scrapping the nuclear deterrent will be part of their price for putting Corbyn in Downing Street.
Politicians are so uncomfortable talking seriously about our international role and relationships that instead we constantly engage in proxy battles.
Lord Caine has projected a plan that would allow proceedings into suspected Troubles-related offences only if certificates are issued by senior legal figures.
“Nearly half a million Britons died in World War Two fighting against the anti-semitism, anti-semitism and brutal racism of the nazis.”
“The plain fact it is adapting…the last time we had a military strategy was in 1967, and this year we will have a new one.”
Andrew Gimson’s Conference sketch: Wallace declares that he is not setting out to be a popular Defence Secretary
The Defence Secretary confirmed that he has scrapped the zero-tolerance approach to drug-taking in the armed forces, and commanding officers now have discretion.
Even Monday’s one-off attack will add 20 cents to petrol prices. In the US, that will cost families an extra $18 a month at the petrol pump.
There is not only an overwhelming moral case for supporting ex-servicemen and women, but a strong political one too.
Let’s get a good deal, let’s end the toxic tribalism affecting our parties and our politics, and start the healing.
Geoffrey van Orden: Why Conservative MEPs voted for von der Leyen, an advocate of an EU army, for Commission President
The alternatives were worse – and her record in overseeing the Bundeswehr suggests that the misguided project would be doomed on her watch.
As well as a response to the immediate crisis, we need to start planning ahead properly and routinely.
The defence minister talks to Sophy Ridge about the mounting confrontation with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
John Penrose: The conventional wisdom is wrong. Hunt’s spending plans are neither unaffordable nor irresponsible.
Hammond and the Institute for Fiscal Studies are simply mistaken to suggest otherwise. It’s not as though we’re still living in 2010.
Garvan Walshe: By picking von der Leyen, the EU has ensured that Remain would lose a second referendum
The ‘remain and reform’ mantra was implausible to begin with, but the choice of new EU Commission President fatally undermines it.