Uncharted waters

I tweeted about this Robert Gates speech (as reported in the LA Times) earlier in the week, but it’s still worth a read. Gates (who was defence secretary under Bush then kept on by Obama) worries about the state of the US political system in ways that sound quite familiar to Brits. Indiviudally, paragraphs like that below […]

Lunchtime list for June 10th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Balls’ EU immigration claims don’t stand up – Sarah Mulley at Left Foot Forward takes a look at the immigration stance of Labour leader candidate Ed Balls. Balls is conflating immigration with intra-EU migration, which has been pointed out elsewhere. She accuses […]

Welcome to the Thinktank Roundup

Welcome to the Talk Issues ‘Thinktank Roundup’ – your one-stop review of all the best publications, research, commentary and events from leading UK think tanks. Not surprisingly two themes dominate the output this week – the arrival of the UK’s first coalition government in 60+ years and the implications of the coming fiscal contraction. Reports, Publications & […]

The Liberal Democrats: Strident change or Trident tweaking?

Image via Wikipedia So the Liberal Democrats want to scrap, replace, consider replacing…hang on a minute, let’s find the manifesto…”commit not to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system on a like-for-like basis” if they are voted into office. And Trident, naturally, made an appearance in last night’s leaders’ debate. After all, it marks a clear […]

Are you going to vote on the basis of defence policy?

Heard your local parliamentary candidates talking about defence policy and their parties’ plans for the defence industry recently? You might have done if you live in a constituency with specific military or defence industry links. Dorset South, for example, includes Bovington Army camp and the MP for South Ribble notes that his constituency in Lancashire […]

Whir of helicopters drowns out real defence questions

Yesterday, the leader of the opposition, David Cameron used his first question to the Prime Minister in Parliament to challenge him on his record of equipping British forces with helicopters in Afghanistan: “Will he start by admitting that when British forces were sent into Helmand, they did not have sufficient helicopters to protect themselves and […]