On the ground in Belfast: Loyalists warn of ‘biggest threat to peace yet’

With special access to people close to Loyalist paramilitaries, The Telegraph was told Northern Ireland is a ‘matchstick’ away from eruption This article appeared in The Telegraph on May 12, 2021 There is a violent, perfect storm gathering over Northern Ireland. Among hardline Unionists in the Province, the anger is clear, the tension palpable.  …

Conflict ‘has the potential to wrestle morality’ from soldiers, Deputy Commander JHC says, as the army expands mental health resilience training to prevent ‘moral injury’

Conflict “has the potential to wrestle morality” from soldiers, a senior officer has said, as the army expands mental health resilience training to prevent ‘moral injury’. Brigadier Paul Tedman, Deputy Commander of the MoD’s Joint Helicopter Command, said the army was working hard to bring moral training “to a really fine edge”. “The challenges of…

How the Brexit document BREAKING NEWS could have looked…

The RAF has flown the Brexit deal document from Brussels to London for Boris Johnson’s signature. I have it on reasonably average authority that the choice of an aircraft from 32 Sqn (The Royal Flight) was only one of a number of options considered… We join an urgent Zoom call between Sara Oizys (SO, a…

Why a padre’s frozen vigil in Bosnia remains my image of remembrance

Every act of remembrance is different. For service personnel and veterans remembrance is not so much an event as a way of life. Memories of friends lost in the service of their country are not dusted off annually, to be boxed up again afterwards. They are constant. Parallels are everywhere.  The story of the Unknown…