Defence

Will Israel bomb a near-nuclear Iran in 2012?

30 December 2011 14:51

An Israeli strike on Iran has to be the most over-predicted event of recent years. It was meant to happen…

Stopping Maliki’s coup

26 December 2011 11:20

The year is ending not with a successful US withdrawal from Iraq — as President Barack Obama claims — but…

Fog around the Falklands

22 December 2011 12:48

For the populist president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, the ban on Falklands-flagged ships agreed by the Mercosur summit in Montevideo…

Breaking the silence

14 December 2011 18:02

There’s a great selection of writers named of the cover of our Christmas issue. But one name, however, may stand…

The Harrier Flies Again!

15 November 2011 17:24

That’s the good news. The bad news is that these admirable little planes won’t be flying for Britain. Navy Times…

From the archives: A world at peace

11 November 2011 21:35

To mark last year’s Armistice Day, we republished The Spectator’s editorial reponse to the end of the first world war.…

At the going down of the sun

11 November 2011 11:00

Vernon Scannell, a poet who fought in North Africa in the Second World War, observed in his poem ‘The Great…

Remember the living

11 November 2011 10:27

Every time a politician suggests a introducing a flag-waving British national day, the idea falls flat. We already have one:…

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…

Ellwood returns as PPS to the Minister for Europe

26 October 2011 19:50

Tobias Ellwood has been appointed as PPS to the Europe Minister David Lidington. The vacancy had been created when Adam…

Gus O’Donnell reports — and Liam Fox responds

18 October 2011 18:12

Gus O’Donnell’s report into Liam Fox, Adam Werritty and all that has finally been released. You can read all ten…

MoD to-do list

18 October 2011 13:42

A day into his new job, Phillip Hammond would be excused for sitting back and wondering what he has let…

How important is the Ministry of Defence?

17 October 2011 15:17

How important is the Ministry of Defence? Not, according to Fraser, important enough to this government to appoint a Secretary…

Liam Fox, the morning after

15 October 2011 10:47

It is as you’d think: a sea of news coverage and commentary about Liam Fox’s departure. Some of its currents…

Hammond fills Fox’s shoes

14 October 2011 18:24

It’s official: Philip Hammond is the new Defence Secretary and it’s a wise choice. The tough work: making the cuts,…

Personal loyalty brings down Fox

14 October 2011 16:16

When Liam Fox celebrated his 50th birthday, he invited friends – those who would be likely to turn up for…

Fox resigns, Cameron responds

14 October 2011 16:11

Liam Fox has just resigned as Defence Secretary. Here is his resignation letter to the Prime Minister in full: Dear…

The Fox story rumbles on

13 October 2011 21:12

It has been a relatively quiet day on the Liam Fox front today. It now seems that the report into…

Ministers need their Werrittys

13 October 2011 16:32

I’ve never met Adam Werritty and hadn’t even heard of him before a few weeks ago. I’m also of the…

Werritty’s no Walter Mitty

12 October 2011 17:41

Those “friends” of Liam Fox who are trashing Adam Werritty to journalists (seehere, here and here) are doing the Defence…