The failure of the merger between BAE and EADS was inevitable once political differences came to the fore. The UK government has done the right thing in sticking to red lines, but ministers now have a challenge to deliver the active defence industrial strategy which is needed more than ever before.
The government have done something right. Hoorah. On the Andrew Marr show, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that any individual that has abused human rights would not be able to enter the country.
At a time when the UK is crying out for jobs, the coalition government's lack of conviction over the future of defence manufacturing and its technology base is a desperate indictment of short-term thinking.
The TUC was shocked at Tuesday's news of nearly 3,000 aircraft manufacturing job losses at BAE systems in Yorkshire and Lancashire. Unions have vowed to fight the cuts and the TUC will support them in any way we can.