Our concerns about the state of the UK Armed Forces are extensive, particularly so with the RN which is at a very low ebb. Each year Navy Books publishes a Complete Guide to the ships and aircraft of the Fleet. This is authored and compiled by Steve Bush. For twenty-two years he served in the RN. On leaving in 2000 he joined Maritime Books and from 2003 has been editor of Warship World. There is no better person to comment on the state of the RN, so for your information we republish his Introduction to the 2017 British Warships & Auxiliaries. Read the rest of this entry »
CDP policies are framed by reference to the essential ‘six systems of community’ as listed in categories 2 to 7 in the sidebar to the right. Over and above those is the duty to ensure that the country is secure and stable; as this enables and allows the ‘six systems’ to flourish. Since ancient times the prime duty of a King has been to protect his subjects, mainly against external threats, but also internally by imposition of law and order. In modern times this prime duty, to protect its citizens, rests with the executive government overseen by the people’s representatives. The duty to protect its citizens can now be more widely defined to include environmental and health hazards, as well as the unscrupulous behaviour of conmen and carpet-baggers. However, for the elaboration and discussion of this category we are limiting our coverage to the three sub-elements of foreign policy, defence and civil protection.
This year the Rally and March was clearly focused on the campaign to win the upcoming referendum that will propose the rewording of the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution. This will effectively legalise the provision of abortion to an extent that will make abortion in the UK look moderate by comparison. The push by politicians and the extreme-left, cheered on by the news-media, has a momentum that appears unstoppable as it is supported by external forces. It is an effort that will fail because there is no substance to their superficial and irrational premise that totally ignores the humanity of the pre-born child. The massive turn-out on 1st July is indicative that the defenders of the 8th Amendment are active and organised, building on the work of the last few months, and most important are growing in number in every part of Ireland.