A Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn would pose a threat to national security by undermining the future of the UK’s nuclear deterrent, according to the chancellor, George Osborne. The chancellor said “an unholy alliance of Labour’s leftwing insurgents and the Scottish nationalists” would shatter decades of near-unbroken Westminster consensus in favour of maintaining a nuclear capability. Both Corbyn, the favourite to succeed Ed Miliband, and the SNP oppose the renewal of the Trident missile system being pursued by the Conservative government. Osborne said that would be disastrous. Amid suggestions that Conservatives were delighted at Corbyn’s surprise emergence as the favourite to lead the party, Osborne insisted the contest should not be seen as a joke. “On the contrary, I think we should take it deadly seriously,” he wrote in the Sun. “For the new unilateralists of British politics are a threat to our future national security and to … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn poses national security threat, says George Osborne
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If No 10 became a pro-Russian hotbed, the intelligence services simply couldn’t do their job No one who has followed Jeremy Corbyn’s openly hostile attitude towards Britain’s defence and security establishment these past four decades is going to be taken in by the Labour leader’s sudden expression of interest in the wellbeing of our military personnel. With the election campaign in full swing, Labour knew it had to address the issue of national security at some point. But by focusing on the soft option of housing and welfare issues, Mr Corbyn is hoping to steer clear of much more problematic questions, such as how he would handle Britain’s relations with key allies such as the US, Nato and Israel, future intelligence-sharing arrangements and the nuclear deterrent. Even on Labour’s bountiful military welfare promises, the Corbynistas have not been forthcoming about how they will pay for them. At a time when the military is desperately short of … [Read more...] about Corbyn as prime minister would put Britain’s national security at risk
President Donald Trump toasted the 'eternal friendship' on the United States and the United Kingdom and the 'great, great' Queen of England on Monday evening at a state banquet in London's Buckingham Palace. Trump hailed Queen Elizabeth II's seven decades of leadership in a personal tribute to the monarch who's hosting him in London this week ahead of events in England and France commemorating the 75th anniversary D-Day. 'On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long-cherished and truly remarkable reign of her majesty, the Queen,' he said. Neither the U.S. president nor her majesty the queen commented directly thorny issues of the day outright that have complicated each nation's relationship with its European allies. The leaders spoke in code, with Trump invoking Britain's longstanding commitment to 'self-determination' and the queen stressing the value of international institutions … [Read more...] about ‘On behalf of all Americans, I offer a toast to the eternal friendship of our people, the vitality of our nations, and to the long-cherished and truly remarkable reign of her majesty, the Queen.’ Trump makes his toast a personal tribute to his host at Buck
Fu Ying is an experienced diplomat. She was China's ambassador to the Philippines, Australia and the UK, and later vice foreign minister. Currently serving as chairperson of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's legislature, she has brought her diplomatic experience to bear over the past five years, particularly on the day before the opening of the body's annual session. Appearing before the press, she has an uncanny knack of deflecting the attention from critical issues and strenuously defending the Communist Party's positions. This is particularly evident when it comes to the issue of China's defense spending, which is always presented at the NPC pre-opening press conference. Opaque data Fu's standard answer at these press conferences has always been: "I cannot say much about it." In 2015, Fu said she could give only "a rough estimate," noting that the draft budget "proposes an increase of about 10 percent" in … [Read more...] about National People’s Congress — more money for Chinese military?
The US military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of “aggressively” shadowing a US navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries. The encounter occurred on Friday, the day the Trump administration announced it was imposing sanctions on four top officials in Venezuela’s military counterintelligence agency. In a statement issued Sunday, the US military said it had determined the “Russian-made fighter aggressively shadowed the EP-3 at an unsafe distance in international airspace for a prolonged period of time, endangering the safety of the crew and jeopardizing the EP-3 mission”. The two planes did not collide and no one was hurt. The US military did not give details of the EP-3’s mission or say where the encounter took place. In a statement published by Venezuela’s government, the South American country’s armed forces said they rejected “the incursion of … [Read more...] about US military: Venezuelan plane ‘aggressively’ shadowed navy aircraft