British Prime Minister Johnson announced his government's intention to increase defence spending by £24.1 billion over the next four years, on top of existing annual defence spending (around £40bn p/a), and hence amounting to £190 billion over the next four years. That's nearly £200bn for the next 4 years. For what?
What did he just say? Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, speaking of the £24bn increase in defence budget announcement today, told Sky News: "Part of Britain’s overseas assistance is defence and security.'' Mr Wallace insisted the Government was not "abandoning the battlefield of international aid", but stated the "decisions on the numbers" will be revealed by the Chancellor next week. "Do … Continue reading The ‘battlefield of international aid’?
TWO NEW REPORTS RELEASED TO MARK THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT ANNIVERSARY IN DECEMBER. To coincide with the launch of its TRANSFORM DEFENCE FOR SUSTAINABLE HUMAN SAFETY project, Tipping Point North South will release two new reports. Five years after the Paris Climate Conference it’s time for governments to include the global military in all climate action. On … Continue reading Coming soon: two new reports
It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of Jim Radford who died in Lewisham Hospital early this morning after several weeks in intensive care being treated for Covid-19. Jim leaves behind his family and a huge number of friends, comrades and musicians, all of whom could recall a Jim Radford … Continue reading VPUK Tribute to Jim Radford
By A. TREVOR THRALL and JORDAN COHEN, Defense One NOVEMBER 2, 2020 On the surface, selling arms to Taiwan makes sense. Taipei has been an American ally for many decades and the United States has promised to help the island defend itself against China. Advocates of the most recent deal argue that the Harpoon missiles will improve Taiwan’s … Continue reading Time to Rethink Arms Sales to Taiwan