The Integrated Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy Review gives us a chance to do better by focusing on the pandemics threat.
Ben Wallace caused eyebrows to be raised when he appeared in front of the Defence Select Committee on 22 April. The Defence Secretary confirmed that the National Security Council, the decision-making body of those charged with protecting the nation, which routinely meet once a week, had not met since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. […]
Economically and politically, Beijing takes advantage of asymmetric openness: we’re open to them, but they are not to us.
Those Conservative-Liberal Democrats successes have laid robust foundations on which subsequent governments have built.
It’s time that we all stood shoulder to shoulder together, and kept ourselves safe from outside interference.
We should take inspiration from other countries which display best practice: Australia and New Zealand.
Let’s use ever-increasing intelligence – and stop the flow of dirty money out of poor countries.
If Downing Street doesn’t grip the campaign against Patel by allies of her Permanent Secretary and othes, it may spiral out of control.
Plus: No nay to Huawei. Or to HS2, too. And: my looming interview with Pompeo on his visit to London.
There would seem to be a difference between the rhetoric coming out of the US and the implementation of policy.
“I don’t want, as UK prime minister, to put in any infrastructure that is going to prejudice our national security.”
The blunt reality is that China is a cyber risk and will remain so for years. It has a dreadful reputation for cyber attacks and intellectual property theft.
This year’s Security, Defence and Foreign Policy review provides an excellent opportunity to reinforce Britain’s place as a leader in cyber power.
In 2017, they turned out, perhaps surprisingly, not to boost the cause of “the party of law and order”. What happens next this time round?
No deals with Huawei, no control of our nuclear industry, no more infiltration in our university research programmes. We need a values-led strategy.