Those who want to project force in the Pacific must explain how it would be consistent with maintaining our strength at home and nearer abroad.
Doing so would not only help support our democratic allies, but build much-needed security into our own supply infrastructure.
To protect those in fuel poverty, some of the revenue from the gas carbon charge could be given back as a carbon cheque to vulnerable households.
Anti-corruption and cementing new treaties should take precedence over softer fashionable favourites.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
European defence budgets only go so far, and ultimately we need the Anglo-American link.
His green light for the German-Russian link to go ahead was an unpardonable security and environmental folly.
The front-runner to succeed Merkel has perfected the art of making not having a row, indeed not making a decision, sound reasonable.
Events in Eastern Europe call the assumptions of the Government’s new defence posture into question. Can we defend our treaty allies?
Britain can convene a coalition of countries, including Poland, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands and the Baltic states, possibly with Ukraine in association.
And if Germany’s Greens are in government after the federal election, they will be inclined to help him.
Though micro-measures aimed at those responsible might work: travel bans, asset seizures, arrest warrants.
Above all, we need to focus on the strategic picture. Throughout the world democracy, human rights and the rule of law are under pressure.
The truth is that Eurocrats see Britain as a rule-taking dependent, like Macedonia or Ukraine, rather than as a wholly independent nation.
The opposition has already demonstrated their courage and fortitude. By all indications, for Europe’s last dictatorship, change is finally coming.