It’s happened at last. Liam Fox, one of the most gung-ho militarists ever to occupy the post of Defence Secretary, has returned to the backbenches. All the excuses and half-truths his supporters could come up with have not saved him. But his departure will be largely pointless if we don’t learn a great deal from the Werrity scandal.
Today’s news is that the government regards cyber attacks as one of the greatest threats to the UK’s security. This conjures up the bizarre image of Liam Fox launching a Trident missile against a 16-year-old computer hacker just outside London.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) must pay the entire cost of renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, the government confirmed today. This increases the chances of Trident renewal being delayed or scrapped as nuclear weapons have previously been funded by the Treasury.
Gordon Messenger is a very modern Major-General. His optimistic message on Afghanistan comes across as compelling and authoritative, says John Heathershaw. But should the Government really rely on military men to sell their policy to the public?