Boris Johnson’s military spending boost makes London look aggressive & hostile; new measures play into hands of Moscow hardliners

has faced a genuine

Britain has faced a genuine national emergency for the past year. NHS nurses, the heroes of the fight, received a 1% pay increase in acknowledgement, but London has found billions of pounds to spend on its armed forces.

Many years ago, a major conservative think tank in London commissioned me to write a report arguing that the United Kingdom should cut defence spending. Before I could finish it, the think tank contacted me to say that the project had been scrubbed: a conservative MP on its board had instructed that the organisation was never to argue anything other than that defence spending should increase.

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