Scuppered by Tories
The Royal Navy once ruled the waves… now it can barely send a few ships to sea.
We reveal today that our Type 45 guided missile warships are mostly confined to dock.
In 2012 they spent 1,222 days on patrol. Last year that dropped to just 364 days.
These figures sink whatever claims the Tories have to be the party of defence.
On their watch the size of the Army has fallen from 102,000 to below 80,000 while the RAF has been hollowed out like the Navy.
This would be negligent at the best of times but it is the height of irresponsibility when Vladimir Putin threatens UK security.
Russian sorties into our waters and airspace have become commonplace.
At the same time Moscow uses espionage, propaganda and cyber attacks to undermine democracies and sow discord in the West.
We must stand up to this aggression. That means sanctions and working with allies.
But it also requires our armed forces to have the resources they need to defend us from conventional threats.
The case of Matthew Crawford highlights the problems caused by the obesity crisis.
His vast weight means he is occupying the space of four much-needed hospital beds.
Before rushing to judgment we should bear in mind that for some people obesity is no different from any other medical condition.
The NHS should be there for them just as it should for someone with anorexia.
But we must also recognise the strains an overweight nation is putting on the NHS.
Unless we take action it will struggle with the rising number of cases of diabetes, cancer and other conditions associated with obesity.
We must take some personal responsibility and do more to promote healthy living.
Jones the spy
The inspiration for James Bond may have been a Welsh intelligence officer.
Perhaps Ian Fleming would have been better writing From Rhonnda With Love.