Foreign & Defence

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 ×

Foreign & Defence

Boris Johnson’s sympathy for the PKK and Peshmerga

Boris Johnson’s sympathy for the PKK and Peshmerga

Boris Johnson has spoken out on the recent sentencing of Shilan Özçelik. She is the first Briton to be convicted of trying to join the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a movement which is fighting for Kurdish rights as well as Democratic Confederalism. It is an ideology which is flexible, multi-cultural, […]

by × December 6, 2015 ×

Foreign & Defence

MPs during a Eurosceptic amendment vote expressing regret that the Government had not included an EU referendum Bill in the Queen's Speech, which won the support of 130 MPs tonight, in the House of Commons, London.

Should MPs vote in favour of bombing Syria?

There is to be a one-day Commons debate and vote on Wednesday over UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria. This is a debate about whether MPs should endorse the prime minster’s strategy and vote in favour of commencing air strikes in Syria. Yes – Neil Wilson When we […]

by × December 1, 2015 ×

Foreign & Defence

The defence of the Falklands must take  centre stage in Anglo-Chinese relations

The defence of the Falklands must take
centre stage in Anglo-Chinese relations

Foreign policy is much more than trade and investment promotion Chinese Leader Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United Kingdom has been met with grand-sounding headlines, including references to a “golden era”. Public statements by both governments have focused on growing economic links, while some voices referred to human rights […]

by × October 22, 2015 ×

Capitalism, Foreign & Defence

The African lion is finally roaring; Why is this story failing to travel to the West?

The African lion is finally roaring; Why is
this story failing to travel to the West?

Conspiracy theorists on the continent are having a field day calling this the sabotage of Africa’s success story; a deliberate attempt by the Western world to stop Africa from finally becoming its own master. Are they onto something? If we focus on the Department for International Development (DfID) in the […]

by × August 2, 2015 ×

Europe, Foreign & Defence

The EU renegotiation is a phoney war

The EU renegotiation is a phoney war

The EU renegotiations have begun and I am as cynical as I have always been. I have always maintained that the referendum will be effectively rigged, the debate will be dominated by myth and fear mongering and the whole renegotiation exercise is a smoke screen designed to fool the public […]

by × May 31, 2015 ×

Foreign & Defence, Foreign Affairs

Ukraine: precedents for economic intervention

Ukraine: precedents for economic intervention

For the last thirty years Eastern Europe has been in a continuous state of upheaval. Be it the collapse  of communism, the fall of the Berlin wall, or the wars in the Balkans, instability remains a constant and enduring feature in the region. The uprising in Ukraine has been given […]

by × March 6, 2014 ×

Foreign & Defence

Conflict: conventional force still has a role to play

Conflict: conventional force still has a role
to play

The accumulation of nuclear weapons over the past 60 years has virtually prohibited powerful states from ever going to war with one another again. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) has made it considerably difficult for a state with nuclear weapons capability to attack another state with similar capabilities and still hope […]

by × July 27, 2013 ×