Report examines 'militarisation of British politics and society'

By agency reporter
June 24, 2018

At a public meeting on Monday 25 June 2018 ForcesWatch will launch a new report by Professor Paul Dixon, Warrior Nation: War, militarisation and British democracy. 

The launch is timed to coincide with the run up to Armed Forces Day on 30 June. Armed Forces Day was established in 2009, as part of a 'Militarisation Offensive' to improve public recognition and support for the armed forces.

The report explores how this militarisation failed to produce majority support for the war in Afghanistan but deepened the militarisation of British politics and society. Since 2006, says the report, the military have broken constitutional convention and made public attacks on politicians, leading to the most severe tensions in political-military relations since the Second World War.

Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi UK says, "If you have not yet begun to explore the many faces of the 'Military Offensive', this new publication will help you navigate your way through the language, practices, policies and culture that are used to give more power and kudos to the military.

"While the major focus of analysis is the post 2006 period and the impact of the offensive on public opinion and politics, it reminds us that this path was established through the UK military involvement in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq. Of special interest to me is the relationship between the military and schools.

"The reinvention and promotion of armistice and Armed Forces Day, 'military ethos' and cadets in schools, have contributed to a deeper military penetration of our education system; this report puts them in a wider context. An important resource for all concerned with the militarisation of our society and where pressure needs to be brought to effect a change."

The report will be launched at a public meeting at Friends House, Euston Road, London from 7-9pm on Monday 25 June. It will be chaired by Marigold Bentley, of Quaker Peace and Social Witness, and is open to all. Speakers will include the report author Professor Paul Dixon, Joe Glenton of Veterans for Peace, and Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck College, University of London) author of Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade Our Lives.

* Event details here

* ForcesWatch


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