Where should the limits surveillance be placed? And how should intelligence oversight work? Following his first public speech delivered at RUSI, Andrew Parker, Director General of MI5 sparked off a national and international debate about the current terrorist threat and the role of surveillance and intelligence.
The intelligence-gathering revelations from Edward Snowden did harm national security, but they should now serve as an opportunity to have a mature national conversation on the hierarchy of accountability in intelligence gathering.
Political and public debate of ballistic missile defence remains patchy and often ill-informed. A greater awareness of the evolution of it in Britain may go some way towards promoting a more balanced and considered approach to the subject.