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It is very seldom that President Xi of China admits that he may have made a mistake. But last week, in remarks made to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 25-strong leadership group, he came close to it, as he called for a major reassessment of China’s international profile and how it presents itself to the rest of the world.
Despite the focus – south of the Border at least – on the travails of the Labour Party, in our view the biggest issue after the UK’s recent regional and local elections remains the ongoing question of Scottish Independence. Despite the SNP falling just short of an overall majority at Holyrood, this will we think be the dominant political issue facing the UK in the coming decade, and those in London who wish to preserve the Union need to realise both that it is at serious risk and that their tactics need to change if they are to succeed.
National militaries typically have very large carbon footprints, and in the fight against climate change they are not naturally thought of as being in the forefront of efforts to go green. The British armed forces are however becoming recognised as a leader in the thinking on how to reduce carbon emissions without compromising national security. It is a subject which can only grow in importance and profile, and I am thus very pleased to publish a guest article by my brother Lt Gen Richard Nugee, until recently in charge of the Armed Forces’ Sustainability strategy, in which he discusses why climate change is after all a security issue and what role the military and the Ministry of Defence can play.