Opportunity or threat #3 – Has the coalition scuppered Cameron’s EU plans?

How things have changed since the previous article in March asking what a Cameron led government would with its EU policy pledges; we now have a Conservative / Lib-Dem coalition, the EU apparently fire-hosed 750bn Euro’s at its sovereign-debt problem, but the financial markets smelled a rat when rumours emerged the bailout package wasn’t as watertight as they had been led to believe, and as a consequence have been punishing the euro for the last week.

Where then does this leave Camerons six EU policy pledges?

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Technologies and 2011 as the year of Linux – The underpinnings of success

In the previous article this blog discussed the value of PC gaming in bringing Linux to the mainstream home user, and in particular the importance of stable drivers as an enabler of this revolution, but what about the other technologies that will underpin a truly first-class linux user experience? In many cases the mainstream user won’t be aware of the technologies that provide this user experience, and even if they did they really wouldn’t care, because the limit of their interest is that the computer and it software environment work seamlessly to meet their user needs. This does mean however that those technologies, and their progress towards maturity, are not of interest to those with a nerdier bent.

This article will pick up a few of the technologies that this blog deems key to bringing linux to the mainstream user.

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Britain’s future strategic direction #9 – What should our NATO allies expect of us?

When we talk of Britain’s future strategic direction it doesn’t pay to ignore the single most important military alliance on the planet, the alliance formed in the aftermath of WW2 as a reaction to the threat from from the USSR, who through their combined efforts would preserve the peace and security of its members.

Today, in 2010, that original threat is defeated and the world a safer yet more chaotic place with many new challenges, so NATO seeks to redefine its mission and Britain must ask itself what capability it can most usefully provide to ensure collective security in the 21st century?

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UK Election 2010 – Tory plans to escape pariah status in the coming parliament

Britain has a new government and it is a Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition, the electorate has spoken, and this blog is firm in its conviction that David Cameron is delighted with the result, in fact the outcome could not have been better from his point of view. How can this be so, surely a coalition with a progressive-left party will be a disaster for Dave?

Simple, the Conservatives are fully cognizant of the mortal peril inherent in succeeding a Labour government, for while they may potter along quite happily for a decade or so if propped up by global low interest rates and low inflation, inevitably they end in a train-wreck which the Conservatives have to clean up via wildly unpopular cuts in public spending.

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Jedibeeftrix Month Three – What happened in the first two.

The first article was hosted by this blog on the 13th of March 2010, just over two months ago, and there have now been thirty such posts; ten politics, ten military, and ten technology, so what have I learnt during this period?

First, that it has been an amazing time-sink, but thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable regardless, and second, that as far as hits are concerned the trend is upwards, so Jedibeeftrix is beginning to carve a niche for itself.

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Expectations Of War – Wikileaks moves from reporting to advocacy.

The excellent Kings of War blog has a piece, submitted by a PhD student at the War Studies Department in Kings College London, that makes interesting reading given the furore over the Wikileaks video of the Apache gunship attack in Iraq.

This post will not repeat all of what is said, and you are encouraged to read the full post here, but I will append an except:

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Britain’s future strategic direction #8 – Lib-Dem policy, taking another look

In the previous article in this series this blog was somewhat critical of the Lib-Dems for the apparent absence of any serious Foreign Policy, or any guiding light that would govern its direction and thus inform Lib-Dem Defence policy, but it would appear that this blog spoke too soon.

On the 30th of April Lord Wallace of Saltaire addressed the Royal United Services Institute where he outlined his party’s Defence policy in advance of a Strategic Defence Review. This is a little tardy to say the least, six days before a general election, but what does the speech tell us?

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