Armed forces

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…

Who is the enemy?

30 June 2012 11:15

It is Armed Forces Day and army morale is low – according to the Telegraph at least. The prospect of a…

Foxhound arrives in Afghanistan – five years too late

18 June 2012 18:15

There was welcome news yesterday for our forces in Afghanistan, and for those who want to see them supplied with…

A delicate balance in Syria

3 June 2012 16:30

The situation in Syria is very precarious, according to multiple reports – including those of UN observers. Diplomatic tensions remain…

Going soft

10 November 2011 10:20

One of the greatest threats to British security is not whether the government opts for Tornadoes over Harriers, but whether…

The politicisation of poppies

27 October 2011 14:03

Dave Wooding rightly upbraids one Labour MP, Alex Cunningham, for trying to make political capital out of the fact that…

Labour and the forces

26 September 2011 11:26

The main event at the Labour conference this morning has been a long debate on Britain’s place in the world, featuring…

The Met is struggling to cope — it needs support

9 August 2011 9:01

It’s a gloomy sort of morning ritual, posting on the riots of the previous night. I’m sure CoffeeHousers have seen…

Decisions that may come to determine the Coalition’s stewardship of defence

3 August 2011 10:05

The House of Commons Defence Committee moves at a stately pace. Two weeks back, it gave us its considered view…

It was the Times wot won it

14 July 2011 14:37

The latest issue of the Spectator features an article in qualified defence of Rupert Murdoch by William Shawcross, author of…

Will the defence budget rise, fall or stay constant post-2015?

13 July 2011 17:31

As British helicopters pound away at Libyan targets, another battle is being waged inside the Ministry of Defence’s fortress-like building.…

The Afghan conflict creates other conflicts for Cameron

5 July 2011 9:00

Another day, yesterday, to remind us of the precariousness of everything in Afghanistan. With David Cameron in the country, it…

The government’s soft touch on the unions may need to tighten

28 June 2011 12:14

The government is determined not to seem like the aggressor in the coming dispute with the unions. It wants to…

Whitehall’s monolith faces reform

27 June 2011 9:05

The Ministry of Defence is one of Whitehall’s largest and most dysfunctional departments; and it has long resisted effective reform.…

In the firing line

26 June 2011 13:12

Talk about an own goal. Whatever Air Chief Marshall Sir Simon Bryant thought he was achieving when he told MPs…