CND protest Parliament

In search of the Royal Navy’s political friends (Part 2: minority parties)

Summoning only a handful of MPs between them, the fringe parties have until now had a very limited ability to influence national issues. The absence of a legacy that can be criticised maybe to their advantage but they lack the political inexperience and the gravitas that comes with office. Any judgement of them must therefore be made mainly on their pronouncements, not their actions. The mainstream parties are mainly composed of ‘career politicians’ more concerned with power than ideology, but at least the fringe parties are predominantly ‘conviction politicians’ who actually believe in something. They tend to have stronger and sometimes extreme views on defence matters which must now be scrutinised.

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Strategic Defence & Security Review 2015

SDSR 2015 Rumour Mill

This is an open post to that will be kept updated in the coming months running-up to the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) due in October 2015. It seems almost certain there will be yet another round of cuts to the defence budget, whatever government is elected in May and it will be neither ‘strategic’ or improve our defence capability. Here we will track and comment on the multiple rumours and media speculation about how the RN in particular maybe shaped by the defence review.

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