Bob Ainsworth

Ainsworth has a point

16 December 2010 11:01

Much ado about Bob Ainsworth this morning, and his views on drug policy. The former defence secretary, and a junior…

No politician visits the frontline

10 June 2010 10:06

A few years ago, when I was serving with the Grenadier Guards in Iraq, I was part of a team…

A culture of intimidation and a conspiracy to silence

23 April 2010 18:13

On the afternoon of 4 June 2009, John Hutton, then Secretary of State for Defence, told the House of Commons:…

Defence debate? No thanks, we are British

26 February 2010 16:34

A few days ago, BBC Newsnight ran in effect the first live TV debate between the three parties when Secretary…

Ministers should always be ultimately accountable

31 December 2009 12:21

Bob Ainsworth’s response to the Nimrod inquiry features one extraordinary omission: ministers do not appear to be directly accountable in…

Turkeys fail to fly

16 December 2009 14:30

Hague was a washout at PMQs today. The wittiest performer on the front benches failed to lift the house with…

At last

25 November 2009 19:09

President Obama will announce his new Afghan policy on Tuesday night at 8pm eastern time, the early hours of Wednesday…

With friends like these

25 November 2009 8:59

Bob Ainsworth has publicly criticised President Obama’s slothful deliberation on an Afghan troop surge. The Defence Secretary said: ‘We have…

Is the army funded to its target level?

29 October 2009 18:41

During the TA debate yesterday, Bob Ainsworth tried to explain why the government had ended up making the cut in…

Speaker Bercow asserts himself

15 October 2009 17:25

Despite the circumstances of his election, Speaker Bercow is showing scant regard for the party who secured his election. First,…

Dannatt may be overstating his case, but the government is being disingenuous

6 October 2009 14:17

General Sir Richard Dannatt issues a vociferous condemnation of the government’s commitment to British efforts in Afghanistan in the print…

Dereliction of duty

25 September 2009 9:04

The Ministry of Defence is the subject of two very damaging stories this morning. First, there are twice as many…

Why Britain needs to stay in Afghanistan

4 September 2009 12:03

With the resignation of Eric Joyce as PPS to the Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth, the question of why Britain is…

Eric Joyce resigns as PPS to the Defence Secretary

3 September 2009 19:30

In a move that is sure to overshadow the Prime Minister’s speech on Afghanistan tomorrow, Eric Joyce, a former army…

Thank God they’re not running a war

23 August 2009 17:24

Last week, defence maestro Kevan Jones launched his master-strategy to smear General Sir Richard Dannatt. It was ingenious. An FOI request…

Defending his own premiership

14 July 2009 9:00

The Times’s story of how Bob Ainsworth came to be Defence Secretary is equal parts extraordinary and disheartening.  Here are…