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.
The three countries will work “hand-in-glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific” (i.e: to contain China).
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.
It would seem to compound an injustice to invite these Afghans to join the back of the queue for resettlement assistance.
If you want a circus, send for Pen Farthing. There’s a government to run. Number Ten must get a grip.
We need to rethink our foreign policy not in the world we would like, but in the world we actually live in.
We must make sure that the Taliban understand that we will respond with military means to any increased security threat against our citizens
His green light for the German-Russian link to go ahead was an unpardonable security and environmental folly.
Can we really afford to get on the front foot against Russia and China at once as the United States trends towards isolationism?
We could have degraded Al Qaeda and then left. Or else pursued a proper counter-insurgency plan. Instead, we did neither.
Like Brokenshire, who he replaces as Security Minister, he is willing to return to government at a lower rank.
Universities need heavier scrutiny. Owners must be identified. Media backed by regimes that restrict freedom should be denied broadcast licenses.
Some good things, a few bad ones, some absences – and an opportunity missed not so much to level up Britain as to level with voters.
Britain can convene a coalition of countries, including Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Baltic states, possibly with Ukraine in association.