It is one of the finest examples of ‘have your cake and eat it’ dishes ever served up for public consumption.
Posts Tagged: Ministry of Defence
There has been a hugely positive change in mindset when it comes to soldiers’ mental and physical health. Now we need to do more.
David Richards: Offer a single point of contact and overhaul the National Security Council. How to help the Afghans we left behind.
It would seem to compound an injustice to invite these Afghans to join the back of the queue for resettlement assistance.
Profile: The Foreign Office, damaged by the retreat from Kabul, but free at last of Blairite illusions
Sir Anthony Eden offers the great modern warning: an expert who lacked the mental robustness to cope at the highest level.
Never mind the holiday, feel the challenge – that’s to say, moving on from responding to Brexit to what Afghanistan may mean for foreign policy.
Julian Brazier: The Integrated Review is groundbreaking, but doesn’t go far enough in addressing the Army’s weaknesses
It can become the best again, but only if the land forces element is revisited in the Government’s proposal.
Andrew Murrison: There can now be no question about the Government’s timeline for opening up. June 21 must stand.
I love experts. I used to be one. But it’s in their nature, singularly and collectively, to lay it on thick.
James Sunderland: The Integrated Review. To project power in the world, we musn’t skimp on support arms and force protection
And if that projection is to be effective, we will need to invest in our operating bases – and not just at traditional sites.
Fiyaz Mughal: Britain must honour its obligations to Afghan translators who served with our soldiers
The Defence Secretary has done the right thing by extending support to those no longer serving, but that needs to be followed with action.
James Sunderland: The Armed Forces have risen to the challenges of Covid. Parliament must not waste this opportunity to repay them.
The delay to the review, historic increases to defence spending and rumoured cuts to troop numbers paint a picture of an organisation in flux.
Profile: Ben Wallace, one of Johnson’s Long Marchers, and a traditional but also irreverent Defence Secretary
Here is a politician educated at Sandhurst and on active service with the Scots Guards in Northern Ireland, not by reading PPE at Oxford.
It should remain a basic principle that no Government commits British troops into a conflict zone before a full statement in the Commons.
Benjamin Obese-Jecty: Ministers must ensure the Overseas Operations Bill properly supports service personnel
It will uphold the election manifesto pledge to protect our service personnel against vexatious claims and the growing judicialization of warfare.
The future was that we would be colour-blind. Instead, wokeism tells us we should see each other as members of different races.
Daniel Hannan: Does the army really still need tanks? Or the navy aircraft carriers? Or the rest of us, the Trident system?
Let’s have a no-holds-barred strategic review which asks how we can best defend our interests given the vertiginous acceleration of military technology.