Defence

Is it time for ‘nose-peg Toryism’?

24 July 2014 16:24

Before the election in 2005, the magnificently grand Polly Toynbee made a generous offer to Guardian readers reluctant to vote…

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…

Rory Stewart elected Chairman of the Defence Select Committee

14 May 2014 15:53

Rory Stewart, the colourful and interesting Tory MP, has been elected as chairman of the Defence Select Committee. Stewart is…

Will Philip Hammond challenge the SNP’s conceits?

15 April 2014 8:51

First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas has said, in the Telegraph, that the sum of the Royal Navy’s parts…

Ukraine increases mistrust and misinformation between Russia and the West

14 April 2014 8:48

The tense situation in Ukraine has escalated overnight. A deadline has passed for pro-Russian agitators to vacate government buildings in…

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…

Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35

The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is…

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…

America won’t be Europe’s policeman any more – but that’s good for Britain

25 February 2014 14:32

The US Army’s cuts are good for Britain. They will force our European allies to think about their own defence…

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…

Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Philip Hammond: Britain can do better than a blank sheet of paper or the Lib Dems

29 September 2013 15:27

listen to ‘Hammond: ‘A Conservative government will never send our forces in to battle without the right kit’’ on Audioboo…

Jim Murphy: Labour does believe in intervention

23 September 2013 10:26

When Ed Miliband dropped his support for the government’s motion on military intervention in Syria, it was seen as a…

Philip Hammond was made defence secretary because of his ability to balance the books. Picture: Getty.

Philip Hammond: No 2nd Syria vote ‘unless the circumstances change very significantly’

2 September 2013 16:50

Defence Questions this afternoon was, as you might expect, a rather chippy affair. It seemed that whenever Philip Hammond rose…

Argentina’s G-20 membership should be revoked

12 August 2013 17:07

When Argentina appears in British public discourse, it is normally in relation to one of the two ‘f’s – football…

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…

Is José Manuel Barroso after the top job at Nato?

24 July 2013 13:30

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, put on a suspiciously big-time press conference today to launch what were…

If David Cameron wants a military capable of toppling Assad, he’ll have to pay for it

18 July 2013 9:05

Libya is a success from which David Cameron might not recover. This, at any rate, seems to be the fear…

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…

Did the taxpayer contribute to the ‘Royal Wedding of the North’?

24 June 2013 13:58

Mr Steerpike is a romantic at heart and a conservative, so I like love and marriage. Yet I was irritated…

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…