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Mounting domestic pressures and tight budgets mean defence is likely doomed to always look like an easy cut when election time draws near.
The Defence Secretary said “the real battle for defence” will come in the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2024-25, and “I’m not sure I’ll be here in two years”.
We trust those who served in arms, or in uniform, with great authority and significant power. They must be held to the highest standards.
As it never attracted as much ire as Iraq we may never see a proper inquiry into a decades-long, £27.7 billion failure.
Warm words about those serving oversees ring hollow when their families are shivering in sub-standard accommodation.
The conventional war on the Central European landmass unfolding before us is a massive international event – comparable in security terms to a 9/11.
The ONS published data in March showing that they face the highest risk of death from Covid-19, more than any other occupation.
General Sir Nick Carter says: “I think it’s a very challenging question. It slightly depends on how Afghanistan turns out.”
Our introduction to: what each Bill is, the politics of it, who’s responsible, arguments for and against – and a controversy rating out of ten.
It can become the best again, but only if the land forces element is revisited in the Government’s proposal.
The former Veterans Minister discusses support for veterans, his frustrations with politics, Cummings, extremism in the Armed Forces and more.
“I have fought and bled alongside them…and I have a duty to stand alongside them.”
Even if a large conventional military suited Britain’s needs, the public is not prepared to pay for one.
Starmer attacked Johnson for promising not to cut the size of the Army, yet now doing exactly that.
The APPG’s survey of ex-servicemen and women will reveal where current support systems are falling short of the first-class standards we expect.