The veteran population of the UK is declining rapidly. In 2005, there were 4.8million veterans in the UK. Today, there are 2.83million, and in 2020 there will be 2.48million. In the face of such significant demographic change, the Armed Forces charity sector will have to evolve in some fundamental ways.
Behind all the spin, there is a growing interest in how the coming election might actually be contested. Many look to the US for some indication of what developments might feature in the 2015 campaigns.
Last week the Home Secretary once again advanced the argument for granting the intelligence services new powers, reigniting the debate over the proper limits of state surveillance. It's a familiar contest made more important by the legacy of the Snowdon intelligence leaks, and more urgent by recent events Iraq.
Relative to its tiny size, its social media reach has rapidly become enormous. The BNP Facebook page currently has over 152,000 likes, in comparison the Liberal Democrats' page has just over 97,000. Even the Conservatives, the most popular party on Facebook, have only 223,000 likes. What's more, the BNP's Facebook presence is growing far more rapidly than that of other political parties.
20/06/2014 11:50 BST
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