As the nation marks Remembrance Sunday, Britain’s ethnic minorities will be joining commemorations as well. This is not well reflected, however, in public and media discourse, where those who protest noisily can get a hearing often denied to those who participate quietly in our shared national commemorations.
British maritime defence industrial manufacturing capabilities saw a historic transition with the Portsmouth naval yard losing out to Glasgow. This is an important milestone, but it is too simplistic to talk glibly about the resulting strategic shrinkage or the demise of British maritime strength.
The recent leaks about the surveillance capabilities of our intelligence agencies have undoubtedly harmed national security. Nevertheless, they also provide a long overdue opportunity to update legislation that will help security agencies and protect the rights of individuals.
This week a group of survivors and relatives of those killed in the July 7 London bombings have applied for a judicial review of a Home Office decision not to hold an inquiry into the attacks.
Lawyers for the group said the action was being taken to ensure lessons were learned for the future and that legal proceedings would be stopped if an independent and public inquiry was launched.