As with the NHS, policing, immigration and stop & search, so with trade. The Prime Minister will want a quick win – or at least progress towards one.
Posts Tagged: Huawei
Robert Halfon: Does May’s selfish machine care at all about the Party’s future – or the thousand plus councillors who lost their seats?
We are heading towards a 1997-type defeat unless we make fundamental and radical changes to our machinery and to our policies.
A plurality clearly think that her charge against him of leaking National Security Council discussions is unproven – if not unjustified altogether.
I found an incredibly likeable person – but although he knuckled down and scored some successes, he was better placed as Chief Whip than Defence Secretary.
Risking our security. Risking our alliances. Opening our infrastructure up to China is a risk too far.
There are no certainties – at least, until it’s too late – so the UK should err on the side of caution.
What’s that you say? That what really matters is the Huawei decision itself? Quite so. And on that, we have an uncomfortable feeling that he’s right.
His friends say that the two clashed from the beginning of the Defence Secretary’s appointment – and suggest a vendetta.
Yes, you did. May is “concerned by the manner in which you have engaged with this investigation”. Her letter.
The implication of the letter is that the former Defence Secretary withheld evidence from Mark Sedwill’s leak inquiry.
No, I didn’t. Williamson “strenuously” denies that he was in any way involved in this leak”. His reply.
“I am confident that a thorough and full enquiry would have vindicated my position.”
“The Prime Minister’s decision has been informed by his conduct surrounding the investigation.”
He is perfectly entitled to crack down on leaks. But it’s worth bearing in mind that this one was scarcely unprecedented.
Adam Holloway: Huawei exercises state influence through private means. It is the East India Company of the modern age.
“If a 16 year old with Aspergers can break into US defence computers, what is to stop a Chinese company putting in trap doors that it can activate whenever it wants?
Ben Roback: Trump’s state visit. Problems abound. But interests – trade, defence, the Special Relationship – endure.
The visit should serve as a timely reminder that the last especially outlasts any individual President or Prime Minister.