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Gavin Williamson: Brexitland Rules the Waves

Gavin Williamson: Brexitland Rules the Waves

  • January 06, 2019
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In the final pages of the Beagle diaries, Charles Darwin celebrated the incorporation of Australia and other British colonies into ‘ a grand centre of civilization’ and declared approvingly:

It is impossible for an Englishman to behold these distant colonies, without a high pride and satisfaction.  To hoist the British flag seems to draw as a...

Might as well face it we’re addicted to war

  • January 06, 2015
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War is a serious business, or it would be if we took it seriously.   If war was treated with the seriousness it deserves then wars would not be begun lightly on false pretenses.   They would have clear and realistic strategic objectives and timescales.   They would be based on a very clear understanding...

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