Category Defence

ARTHUR STOCKER’S FIRST WORLD WAR

My grandfather on my Mother’s side was Albert Stocker, the eldest of four brothers born in Battersea in the 1880s and 1890s. His youngest brother was Arthur. By the time the First World War broke out at the end of July 1914, Albert was already a corporal in the Territorial Army but his three brothers […]

DEFENCE AND SECURITY ARE BIGGER THAN ANY ONE PARTY

On 27 February about 60,000 of us took part in a CND march from Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square to oppose the UK replacing Trident with a new nuclear missile system. We were led by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood, Green MP and former leader Caroline Lucas and CND veteran Bruce […]

The Navy needs the ships; BAE needs the work

Under New Labour in 2003 the defence white paper “Delivering Security in a Changing World” cut the order for Type 45 Destroyers from 12 to six. Since 2010 the Coalition has spent three years doing nothing to put that right. BAE Systems, which built the destroyers, now plans the closure of its Portsmouth yard and […]