Armed forces

David Cameron has dropped his references to a ‘reformed’ EU. Will ‘safer’ be next?

24 February 2016 11:39

Obviously the 198 business leaders who signed a letter to the Times yesterday explaining why Britain should remain in the EU…

Podcast: civil war in the Catholic church

5 November 2015 8:59

Are Pope Francis’ reforms and pronouncements risking a civil war within the Catholic church? On the latest View from 22 podcast, Damian…

Aid is no substitute for defence, and Michael Fallon knows it

30 June 2015 10:20

It’s been obvious for a while that the Prime Minister is exasperated by the way American and other allied officials…

A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58

Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is…

Michael Fallon marks century of Muslim service in British armed forces

24 July 2014 14:45

After nineteen hours without food, nor even a drop of water, the prospect of the single succulent date which breaks…

Three cheers for all those who fought fascism, from Cable Street to Berlin

6 June 2014 6:00

70 years have passed since, in the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, ‘Allied naval forces, supported by strong air…

Women should not fight on the frontline

10 April 2014 13:44

Writing in the Spectator Diary some time ago, the evergreen Peregrine Worsthorne, observed that one of the things about getting…

Surely we should have called our new flagship HMS Margaret Thatcher?

28 March 2014 13:00

It’s great news that this summer will see the launch of Britain’s biggest-ever warship, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, built on…

Tory rebels and government are fighting yesterday’s wars

20 November 2013 9:27

Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, has a battle on his hands. 20 or so Tory MPs have signed John Baron’s…

General Kayani leaves a gulf at the head of the Pakistan army – and Pakistan

13 November 2013 11:16

Pakistan’s Army chief general, Ashfaq Kayani, has announced that he will retire on 29 November. In doing so, he put…

This is no time to prosecute the perpetrators of ‘Bloody Sunday’

21 October 2013 17:31

The front-page of yesterday’s Sunday Times carried the news that up to 20 retired members of the British Armed forces…

What did President Eisenhower say about the ‘military industrial complex’?

9 August 2013 9:03

The ‘routine’ deployment of HMS Illustrious and two bustling frigates to Gibraltar, en route to the Gulf of Aden, has…

Soldiers’ right to protection remains, and so it should

28 June 2013 13:59

Last week’s Supreme Court ruling in the Snatch Land Rover / Challenger II cases, which allowed the families of four…

Bring on the drones – the Supreme Court has changed the way we fight wars

20 June 2013 11:30

On the face of it, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow three suits to be brought against the Ministry of…

A point of order, Your Royal Highness

20 May 2013 16:58

The Duke of Cambridge joined forces with Prince Harry this morning to open Tedworth House Recovery Centre, the military hospital…

Two members of the military direct a woman during the Olympic Games. Picture: Getty

Why the armed forces make young people proud

14 January 2013 14:10

The popularity of the armed forces as an icon of British pride among young people shows the value of seeing…

Cabinet row over imprisoned SAS soldier

20 November 2012 14:55

A lunchtime spat has broken out over Sergeant Danny Nightingale, the SAS serviceman who was sentenced to 18 months in…

The ‘disappointment’ of Andrew Mitchell

14 November 2012 14:49

Former Chief Whip Andrew ‘Thrasher’ Mitchell has been reflecting on his salad days. In an interview with Cambridge University’s alumni…

The politics of poppies

1 November 2012 13:40

The politics of poppy-wearing shift slightly each year. The unofficial rule used to be that poppy-wearing began at the start…

How should we mark the Great War’s centenary?

11 October 2012 11:34

It seems strange now to recall that, it was not so many years ago, around the time of the millennium,…

Interview – Patrick Hennessey, Kandak: Fighting with the Afghans

28 September 2012 11:35

“It always struck me that it was a much easier war to support the closer you got to it,” says…

Cause for Unionists to applaud

19 July 2012 14:00

Brian Monteith has revived his Think Scotland website and as part of all this I’m scribbling there on Tuesdays. This…

Cameron intervenes on disabled troops

18 July 2012 19:15

David Cameron made a surprise visit to Camp Bastion this afternoon. After a lunch of German sausage and potato with…

Let’s get to work getting our veterans back to work

6 July 2012 13:00

The cutting of 17 army units by 2020 was never going to be popular. It is over-dramatic to suggest we…

4 years to bury the ghosts of Bloody Sunday?

5 July 2012 22:45

It has just been announced that the police are going to launch an investigation into the Bloody Sunday deaths. It…