Foreign & Defence

Foreign & Defence

Straight-talking statesmen, Syria and the Middle East

Straight-talking statesmen, Syria and the Middle East

Rebel forces have just lost their last toehold in Aleppo. Now residents displaced by conflict may begin to return to (what’s left of) Syria’s historic second city. Whilst we should of course recognise the horrific devastation wrought, mourn the casualties, and put pressure on all sides to cease their use […]

by × January 30, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Why the Donald Trump state visit must go ahead

Why the Donald Trump state visit must go ahead

Trump state visit: Cancelling would be counter productive. We need to offer a guiding hand to the Trump administration and secure commitment to NATO. The Queen has met unpleasant characters in her line of duty and there is uproar about her next official guest. We shouldn’t have any illusions about who […]

by × January 30, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

Tory interventionism must end

Tory interventionism must end

Since the Second World War, the United States of America has pursued an aggressive, interventionist foreign policy. Born out of a combination of weapons-grade paranoia and humanitarian desire, our closest allies have taken the front foot against alien regimes and ideologies deemed incompatible with their own. During the Cold War, […]

by × January 29, 2017 ×

Foreign & Defence

The scandal of Britain’s ‘withered’ armed forces: A strong defence is essential to liberty

In allowing our armed forced to become ‘withered’, successive governments have failed in a fundamental responsibility of the state Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, in discussing co-operation with incoming US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, said on Sunday that we cannot view Russia as an equal, but rather as a ‘strategic […]

by × December 13, 2016 ×

Conservatism, Foreign & Defence

The Liberal case for Union and Commonwealth

The Liberal case for Union and Commonwealth

One of the challenges with being in a political party is that it will inevitably restrict your intellectual freedom of movement to some degree. There’s nothing wrong with this: the trade-off between absolute individual autonomy and effective collective action is one we make all the time, and contrary to the […]

by × October 27, 2016 ×

Blog, Foreign & Defence, Foreign Affairs

The Liberal Case for Foreign Aid

The Liberal Case for Foreign Aid

One of the more controversial appointments in the first May cabinet was the installation of socially conservative Priti Patel into the Department for International Development. It is no secret that she has, in the past, called for the entirety of the Department to be scrapped. This underpins a current of […]

by × July 23, 2016 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The EU is keeping Africa poor

The EU is keeping Africa poor

In all the arguments over the EU and Britain’s continued membership, most centre around the self-interest element of membership. And of course, it is right in many ways that it does so, each has a responsibility to his own – his family, his neighbour, his fellow countryman. But although the […]

by × March 6, 2016 ×

Foreign & Defence

The SNP cannot unilaterally declare
its own foreign policy

In a concerning report by the Herald Scotland, it transpires that the SNP is attempting to create its own mini foreign policy, not aligned with nor cleared through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster. More concerning still, the fact that the Foreign Office quite rightly asked the Scottish government […]

by × February 29, 2016 ×

Foreign & Defence

Britain’s foreign and security policy cannot
be in hock to the EU

On Wednesday we had the unedifying experience of watching the government squirm over the  wrongful inclusion of General Sir Michael Rose in what amounted to a ‘campaign letter’ for the Remain side. It hardly surprises me that the General has no truck with such a letter (and apparently ignored it, not […]

by × February 25, 2016 ×

Foreign & Defence

Zollverein and the EU: time to learn from the past

Zollverein and the EU: time to learn from the past

Fate has made the referendum on EU membership, scheduled for 23 June, fall right in the middle of the 100 anniversary of the Great War. Just a coincidence, perhaps, but one that should prompt some re-examination of how the past is taught, given that it is strongly connected to many […]

by × February 24, 2016 ×

Defence, Foreign & Defence

Debate: Should the Government  replace Trident?

Debate: Should the Government
replace Trident?

For – Ben Harris Since the mid 1990s the UK’s nuclear deterrent has come in the form of Trident, a system of four nuclear-equipped submarines whereby at least one is always on patrol ready to respond to an attack. Now over 20 years old, Trident is due to be replaced […]

by × February 7, 2016 ×

Foreign & Defence

Want to end global poverty? End the global welfare state

Want to end global poverty? End the global welfare state

British aid money is being used to prop up dictators and deny basic property rights to the worlds poorest individuals. Earlier this year a supposedly Conservative government enshrined in law a binding commitment to spend 0.7 percent GDP – currently around £12 billion – on foreign aid (largely because the […]

by × December 6, 2015 ×