Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Defence Of The Realm As A Political Football

We've had a flurry of stories about how Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence, is muscling up to the Prime Minister; such...

Ivan the Terrible

Quality hitmen, these Russians. I mean, we can all presumably accept that in amongst the rough and tumble of high stakes geopolitics, any given nation...

Of Course Germany Can Spend A Military Budget – Ever Heard...

There are times that I - or you - look at a political debate and end up asking ourselves "What in buggery are these...

Who The Heck Told The Perth Traffic Wardens To Issue Tickets...

Yes, yes, OK, we know, traffic tickets are to make sure that parking space is efficiently used. We get it. But then there are...

Has Syria Done Anything Illegal If They’ve Used Chemical Weapons?

Not that we've particularly observed the rule of law in Syria in recent years but still, it's an important question. We all generally think...

Mockingbirds

The house! The restaurant! The luggage! The car! The front door! Finding a nerve agent is hard. And that's ok – I don't know anything about this stuff, so maybe...

China’s Scramble For African Cobalt Has Nothing To Do With Nuclear...

It's entirely true that there's a scramble going on for the very rich cobalt deposits of certain parts of Africa. It's also true that...

Beatles Fought For Islamic State – So Unfair They Lose UK...

That at least is the complaint being made, that the remaining pair of the "Beatles" who fought for Islamic State think it is unfair...

The Problem with Defence “Efficiency”

A recurring refrain around the UK defence budget is the need for efficiency, and the endless quest for "savings" to be found from cutting...