A Conservative MP who has seen much of Collins says: “I like him. He’s more intelligent and thoughtful than his public manner gives one to expect.”
The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport talks about Russia, and the attacks the UK has “thwarted”.
A new book, White Flag?, tries to sound the alarm. Will anyone listen?
“We stand at a pivotal moment in our history. It falls to our party to lead our country through it.”
“I stand before you as the first Home Secretary in a generation that is actually able to define an immigration system, without being constrained by the EU.”
At a ConHome conference interview yesterday, Williamson suggested we should do so if it will save or improve lives without disproportionate cost.
The Defence Secretary outlined a programme of national self-assertion from Ukraine to the South China Sea.
” If you turn the EU club into a prison, the desire to get out won’t diminish it will grow…and we won’t be the only prisoner that will want to escape.”
Plus: Labour anti-semitism, May’s African dancing. Will Mordaunt speak to the conference? And: will Russia take on NATO?
As our proprietor and his co-author prepare to release a new book on defence, we say again what we’ve said before about the implications of Brexit for the armed forces.
We’re judged not only on what we do and say, but often also on our relationships (or lack thereof!), our hair, our weight, the clothes we wear, and so on.
The question now is now whether this further response to Russian activity is needed. Opinion is certainly beginning to move in this direction.
The transparent absurdity is the whole point; the Kremlin is demonstrating to a domestic audience that they believe they can attack us with impunity.
The Home Secretary says that Russia doesn’t extradite its citizens, but the Salisbury criminals will be caught and tried if they leave their native land.
It hasn’t been perfect, but it is encouraging to see police, security services and ministers clearly communicate about a serious threat.