This is an excellent speech from Rory Stewart MP. Although it is entitled Time to End the War in Afghanistan he covers a much wider area of defence policy. Please listen to it while you browse this morning. The last few minutes are particularly interesting.
Rory Stewart is the Tory MP for Penrith and the Border. He is perhaps one of the brightest politicians occupying the green benches.
One of his particular interests is defence. His father was a soldier and Rory spent a year with the Black Watch through the - now defunct - MoD sponsored Gap Year Commissions system which offered places to the brightest and the best. He would have undertaken a few weeks training at Sandhurst then been posted, with officer status, to a regiment; in his case the Black Watch. (Although I say GYCs are no longer, I note the Para's reserve battalion are now offering something similar.)
This is an MP with a conscience and a brain.
Thanks to Fitaloon and others for bringing this to my attention.