It’s very good to be here. A bit like old times. I was shocked this morning to be reminded of an article I wrote 30 years ago on just this subject.
I have been a think tanker, an academic and now a Government Spokesperson for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I have worked on these issues since the 1960s. But I am here today, to give you the Coalition perspective, which is roughly a cross-government view too. On this I think there is broad agreement among officials, analysts and politicians.
I will outline the Government’s assessment of our Common Security...