The chairman of the independent review into Britain’s National Ship Building Strategy is advocating a ‘cheap and cheerful’ Royal Navy. However, Sir John Parker is unlikely to face action on the unsuitable ships he is proposing.
The victory of Scottish nationalists in the recent Scottish Parliamentary elections brings closer the possibility of Scotland's independence. With Britain's nuclear arsenal located largely in Scotland, policymakers must now consider what independence would entail for the security of the United Kingdom.
In conducting a review of the Prevent counter-terrorism strategy, a genuine effort has been made to recalibrate the policy. Yet, behind the rhetoric of the document, the substance of the argument risks to be lost over vague, and sometimes contradictory, terms of reference. More clarity is still required for the counter-radicalisation policy to be effective.
Behind his warm and effusive speech to the great and the good in Parliament, President Obama laid out a subtle but serious challenge to Europe's leaders. Europe, and by extension the UK, will be farther down America's foreign policy priorities unless Europe is willing to step up as a truly global partner.