Armed forces

The clot at the heart of the MoD

14 December 2010 9:20

Gibbon wrote that the Roman Empire collapsed under the weight of its own stupendous fabric. So too is the Ministry…

Poppy season

11 November 2010 13:21

Keen-eyed spectators might have noticed Danny Alexander and Michael Gove wearing a slightly different type of poppy over the last…

When public safety is threatened, strikes should be banned

27 October 2010 9:05

The Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU) have called for strike action in London during the busiest firefighting night of the year:…

The coalition’s carrier trouble

19 October 2010 10:31

We will be presented with the full defence review at around 1430 today – but already its contents are spilling…

Forget the culprit, the MoD leak suggests that Fox doesn’t have Cameron’s confidence

30 September 2010 10:37

Liam Fox is sombre rather than sombrero. A man to reckon with, you’d have thought – determined to fight dangerous…

The eagle has landed

28 September 2010 11:19

Shades of Jack Higgins in Whitehall this morning: the Prime Minister is convening the furtive sounding National Security Council, which…

The penny drops

27 September 2010 12:15

David Miliband is a tease. The speech he just gave was one of his best: it was self-deprecating, had gravitas,…

The defeated brother delivers a winning speech

27 September 2010 11:32

David Miliband’s address to the Labour conference ended as it began: with a  standing ovation. Sentimentality and sympathy, perhaps –…

‘It’s a bit of a riddle’

21 September 2010 18:55

Perhaps Donald Rumsfeld was right: the Coalition should not have gone for the ‘hard slog’ in Afghanistan (or Iraq). Hindsight…

Deferring deterrent

16 September 2010 10:24

We’ve been here before: Hacker’s ‘Grand Design’, a scheme to save money by cancelling Trident. The BBC reports that the…

A Whitehall cabal has Fox by the short and curlies

15 September 2010 9:07

The Defence Select Committee delivers a familiar litany this morning. The Strategic Defence Review (a structural reform of Britain’s defence…

From the archives – Boris for Mayor

10 September 2010 15:16

Boris Johnson has announced his candidacy for a second term as London Mayor. Here is what he wrote for the…

Britannia ruled the waves

31 August 2010 19:13

As Pete wrote this morning, the plan to share aircraft carriers with France is controversial. It seems that concerns over…

General Conway versus the Commander-in-Chief

25 August 2010 12:18

President Obama’s folly in setting a fixed date to start troop withdrawals from Afghanistan has been highlighted by the US…

Blair, magnanimous master of PR

16 August 2010 15:25

It’s easy to be loose with a trifling £4.6m when you’re Tony Blair. Many will denounce his decision to give…

Strategic differences

16 August 2010 13:49

When President Obama asked General Petraeus to take over the Afghan command after General McChrystal’s Rolling Stone implosion, there was…

Waiting for the autumn

13 August 2010 12:18

A curious, intermediate kind of speech from Liam Fox this morning. The general emphasis on streamlining the armed forces, and…

Progress in Afghanistan?

13 August 2010 10:59

The Times (£) is reporting that ISAF has made a significant progress in pacifying the death circle around Sangin. The…

Few smoking guns in these leaks

26 July 2010 9:26

Courtesy of WikiLeaks, the Guardian and The New York Times have obtained classified documents pertaining to the killing of civilians…

Self-interested Britain

23 July 2010 11:00

Liam Fox is in the most invidious position. It is hard enough to secure significant budget cuts against vested interests…