“It takes the pressure off parts of the overheating South East while offering hope and opportunity to those areas that have felt left behind.”
Posts Tagged: Defence
Tim Montgomerie: Lessons for ideology-free Johnson – and the Conservatives – in ideology-free Merkel’s legacy. And her party’s fate.
Political popularity appears to be broad and sustained but, when eventually it is exhausted, the falling away of support is dramatic.
There are many areas, not least small boats in the Channel, where the UK needs a strong working relationship with France.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
Terry Barnes: The significance of this new U.S-UK-Australia security pact – and Johnson’s tilt to the Indo-Pacific
The deal sends a starkly clear message to China – and will reassure India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan that their security interests are also British interests.
My great fear is that isolationism on the left and right could take root. And not all interventions have been disastrous – let alone about imposing our values.
In tandem with countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France, we should consider a stronger humanitarian-orientated alliance which has teeth.
Carter insists the “really interesting question” is whether the Taliban will be able to form a viable Government.
If you want a circus, send for Pen Farthing. There’s a government to run. Number Ten must get a grip.
WATCH: “They did not flinch. They kept calm. They got on with the job.” – Johnson’s Afghanistan address
“We will use every lever we have – political, economic, diplomatic – to help the people of Afghanistan and to protect our own country from harm.”
America 1) Bim Afolami: Yes, the United States is withdrawing from its role abroad. So we need to reinvigorate our alliances.
We need to rethink our foreign policy not in the world we would like, but in the world we actually live in.
The ex-Defence Secretary attacks the US for pulling out during the fighting season in order to fit American domestic priorities.
Liam Fox: Why we took action in Afghanistan, the implications of this defeat – and what we should do next
We must make sure that the Taliban understand that we will respond with military means to any increased security threat against our citizens
Can we really afford to get on the front foot against Russia and China at once as the United States trends towards isolationism?
Afghanistan and America 2) David Davis: The harsh truth is that we had no strategy – and fell back on supporting a corrupt state
We could have degraded Al Qaeda and then left. Or else pursued a proper counter-insurgency plan. Instead, we did neither.