The original posting of this comment was a reply to Alan Carter. Copied here to maintain the flow of the debate. I think that for the most part, we sing from the same hymn sheet. In an ideal world, for … Continue reading
In my view, Resolute is mainly right but not entirely. I assume from his education that he is ex-service and that his uniform was a dark blue (unlike mine which was dung coloured – a substance with which we are … Continue reading
I studied the Rule of Law and the British Constitution at School, at Dartmouth and later at Staff College and I firmly believe that the way we do business in the UK is fundamentally correct. I value the Cabinet decision … Continue reading
The news reported that the army had mis-spent money, or possibly not spent it where it was meant to go. Perhaps we need an independent external body running budgets leaving the forces to get on with what they need to.
I salute your ideals but I pity your naivety. Do you really believe that democracy will be permitted to impinge? Rob.
Following the receipt of a number of emails and comments plus a few conversations, the time has come to summarise the situation so as to enable the debate to move on. There seems to be general agreement that whilst Parliament … Continue reading
The concept of a small group who determine all use of the military seems a sensible way forward. The problem is, as has been mentioned, balancing being open (as required in a democracy) with secrecy (as required if you really … Continue reading
Pat Cox I have quite strong feelings about this and not only about declaring war but about equipping those they send out to do the job. My option is rather drastic; before any person can be elected to parliament all … Continue reading
What you say is very true. The last time a Conservative government weakened our defences WW2 happened and if you look at it logically 1) we should not have gone to war but it suited the politicians of the day. … Continue reading
Duty and responsibility of Govt is defence of the realm so the ultimate decision must be theirs. We expect our elected representatives to exercise their powers in a responsible manner based upon the best advice available. We are seeing, in … Continue reading