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.
There is not only an overwhelming moral case for supporting ex-servicemen and women, but a strong political one too.
This is a contribution to the debate – now let’s see what the candidates offer during the week ahead.
Funds go to leasing expensive cars for managers – while more specialist care for our courageous servicemen and women should be made available.
Also: Ministry of Defence and Northern Irish Office clash over protecting ex-servicemen and police; and another bad week for Scottish Labour.
He is one of the few middle-ranking Ministers who, while others were fleeing for the hills, girded himself up – and went out to fight for May’s Brexit deal.
“Our adversaries are increasingly using cyber-attacks, subversion, and information operations to challenge us and the rules-based international order.”
“If we are to live up to our global role then our armed forces must continue to be a lethal fighting force fully adapted to the demands of 21st-century warfare.”
A new book, White Flag?, tries to sound the alarm. Will anyone listen?
The Defence Secretary outlined a programme of national self-assertion from Ukraine to the South China Sea.
That is bigger than the size of Surrey. The MOD also holds “rights” to another half a million acres.
If change was needed at the whips’ office, it isn’t at all clear why it was this change.
What is the Defence Secretary up to? Why now? And is the extraordinary threat he is reported to have made true?
My role was to help make it easier for thousands of people a year to manage a successful transition from the armed forces to civilian life.
The erroneous assumption that hostile states were no longer relevant has rightly been abandoned. Now our Armed Forces need the resources to meet the challenge.