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The army you have

The army you have

By Alexander Clarke They say you go to war with the army you have, not the one you want. In 1982 the British Armed Forces had over 327,000 personnel in service from which to man a Task Force to reclaim the Falkland’s; the defence budget was 5.95% of GDP – equating to £120,849 being spent per service-member[i]. However, as of […]

by and · 29th November 2013 · Defence & War
The French National Front is not a eurosceptic party – it’s a racist party

The French National Front is not a eurosceptic party – it’s a racist party

By Charlotte Kude As much as I disagree with Nigel Farage, I was profoundly relieved to hear him say he would not join forces with the French National Front to fight next year’s European elections. Populist leader Marine Le Pen’s attempts to deradicalise her party’s image since she became leader have had little effect so far, and focusing on anti-EU […]

by and · 26th November 2013 · Brussels & Europe
Paul Flowers Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband’s Crystal Methodist cash cow has exposed the sinister side of Labour

Labour has spent the last few months on a relentless crusade to position Ed Miliband as the man on the side of ordinary working people, launching a moral crusade against the big energy companies, corrupt media empires and big businesses. Opinion polls indicate that until the recent revelations that about the Co-operative bank scandal, this strategy was beginning to work. […]

by · 22nd November 2013 · Home Affairs, Blog
Portsmouth: Should the government wield defence contracts politically?

Portsmouth: Should the government wield defence contracts politically?

By Henry Hill A narrative seems to have settled around the government’s decision to consolidate UK defence shipbuilding on the Clyde, at the cost of closing Portsmouth yard. According to some, including the Telegraph’s Con Coughlin, a proud English city has been shafted by a government hell-bent on lavishing gifts on the Scots. A shipbuilding tradition, centuries in the making, […]

by and · 19th November 2013 · Blog, Defence & War
Three US State elections from a British political perspective

Three US State elections from a British political perspective

Chris Christie, Bill de Blasio and Terry McAuliffe By Maxwell Woodger Last Tuesday, Americans went to the polls in three states, which are key to US presidential elections: New York, New Jersey and Virginia. For a UK comparison, this would be equivalent to a major regional election such as the 2012 London Mayor election, or a significant number of Council […]

by and · 15th November 2013 · Foreign Affairs, Blog
At the going down of the sun…

At the going down of the sun…

Every year as we edge ever closer to 11th November, without fail, that debate rears its head.  That debate of course being: what does wearing a poppy actually mean? Quite frankly, it’s a debate that makes me despair.  What critical social commentators signally fail to understand is that their very right to speak out against a way of thinking, a […]

by · 11th November 2013 · Blog, Defence & War
Has the Commonwealth lost its legitimacy?

Has the Commonwealth lost its legitimacy?

By Shaun Dias Commonwealth Leaders are beginning to gather in Sri Lanka ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Many nations are criticising the decision to allow Sri Lanka to host CHOGM amidst the countries continued human and civil rights violations springing from the countries twenty-six year civil war. The principles of the Commonwealth, set out in the […]

by and · 8th November 2013 · Foreign Affairs
Bletchley Park - Home of the WW2 Codebreakers

UK boosts cybersecurity skills through McAfee revamp of WW2 codebreaker site Bletchley Park

Britain’s cyber defences received a boost this morning, with the announcement of a new five year collaborative effort to transform heritage site Bletchley Park and develop it as a centre for educational excellence. Security giant McAfee will sponsor an international Cyber Security Exhibition and Computer Learning Zone, which will be located in a block of Bletchley Park which has sat […]

by · 23rd October 2013 · Defence & War
Michael Gove’s Hug of Death

Michael Gove’s Hug of Death

By Matt Gass So another reshuffle has come and gone. The consensus on Ed Miliband’s reorganisation has been that it solidified the leftward lurch that has been building since the Labour Party Conference. Many have described it as a Blairite cull given due to the demotion of several shadow ministers seen as centrists, such as Liam Byrne who has moved […]

by · 13th October 2013 · Blog
A truly Conservative Conference for a Tory majority

A truly Conservative Conference for a Tory majority

By Clare George-Hilley With a general election under two years away, Manchester 2013 will be remembered as a landmark conference, where the Conservative Party focussed not only on what it has to do for the country, but why it is doing it. In the conference hall and exhibition space, banners hung from the roof rafters reminding delegates of our record […]

by · 7th October 2013 · Home Affairs, Blog