My experience is that the Armed Forces perform best when working in teams and if a member of the team need a bit of extra help from his or her mates, then that is what happens. At SSAFA we have the same ethos and we will continue to give support to those who are serving, veterans and their families when they most need it. The reason why we do it really is simple - these men and women were there when our country needed them so we will be there for them when they need us.
Maybe we shouldn't fret. As with the old reggae producers (King Tubby et al), we've apparently got our top people in the control room when it comes to the Saudi-Yemen onslaught (Philip Hammond, you might say, is "at the controls"). No, let's stop worrying and learn to love the bombing campaign in Yemen. Now repeat after me, "We have some of the most stringent export controls ...".
Since my election to Westminster last May, nuclear convoys have on several occasions passed through my constituency of Midlothian, along busy commuter routes and in close proximity to homes, business and schools.
Jenny Jones' bronze in the women's slope-style was arguably the best value for money medal we've ever had. And Jones has been largely self-funded, working part-time jobs of such excitement as being a cardboard inspector just to get her shot at the Olympics. For others there is no funding at all.
Our country's history plainly shows that the long term consequences of doing nothing in the face of fascism are far more significant than the short term comforts of retreating into isolation. So while air strikes may seem like an overly expensive, dangerous and risky gesture of solidarity for France and the other innocents who have died at the hands of ISIS, as I've attempted to show, there is no real alternative...
It wouldn't be a funny story if I did a talk at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the day piecemeal war broke out, but that may come to pass. I seem t...
Hull has been an unsung lynchpin in the historical makeup of our nation, a role it continued to fill effortlessly, even during Britain's darkest days during World War Two. Just as we have done throughout recorded history, Hull played an indispensible role in the allied defence of home soil, and indeed in the eventual allied victory, with the inhabitants of the city paying a massive price.
Having looked at what the Major Projects Authority's Annual Report 2015 tells us about major projects across government, our attention turns to what i...
Today marks the beginning of the national commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. As we recall those fateful days and celebrate the bravery of the airmen involved, we also remember our enduring debt of gratitude to all who serve or have served.
The cuts announcement came in the same week that US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warned further reductions in UK military spending would put the country's global influence at risk. It is a concern shared by the Armed Forces themselves and many defence experts.
It wasn't easy transitioning gender in the military, it wasn't easy being a trailblazer or role model, but I am proud of all I did, and I am honoured to have served alongside the amazing people who helped get me there.
In an incredible act of generosity the last surviving Dambuster pilot, Squadron Leader Les Munro, has decided to auction his medals in tribute to th...
30 January, 2015, marks ten years since Hercules C130K XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all ten crew... I shall never forget their sacrifice.
We are beyond the moment in history when upper echelons in government and society can award themselves an absolute right to keep decisions that are taken in the name of the people, from the people. This lesson needs to be learnt across all sections of the establishment and political life.
Of course, there is no military solution to climate change. You can't resolve it with bombs and bullets. You can only solve it by ending our usage of fossil fuels, and protecting the public from the climate change impacts already in the pipeline. That is a rather different security challenge to the one usually faced by the military. But it also makes fossil fuels and the firms lobbying for them Public Enemy Number One.
I always commemorate D-Day - I think it's important to remember, a lot of people lost their lives through this campaign. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I ever talked about this, I think back and I was lucky to get away with my life.