Why Should Scots Believe SNP Armchair Generals on Defence?

North East Fife MP Sir Menzies Campbell has branded SNP Ministers as armchair generals after the former deputy commander of NATO forces in Europe described the defence proposals contained in the independence White Paper as amateurish and dangerous.
 
Sir Menzies was speaking after General Sir Richard Shirreff slammed the SNP’s defence plans in a statement.
 
Commenting, Sir Menzies Campbell said:
 
“Why should we believe the armchair generals of the SNP on defence when those who have actually seen action are branding their White Paper proposals amateurish and dangerous?
 
“One of the fundamental responsibilities of the state is to ensure the security of its citizens. This intervention from a highly respected former senior NATO commander would suggest that press releases rather than strategic priorities were foremost in the minds of the SNP when their defence policy was being drawn up.”
 
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Campbell and Brett Launch 100 Apprentices Youth Jobs Challenge in North East Fife

Sir Menzies Campbell MP and local Councillor Tim Brett today urged businesses in North East Fife to get behind efforts to provide 100 local young people with the chance to gain work experience through apprenticeships or training opportunities.

The new campaign is aiming to persuade local businesses to sign up to taking on one or more apprentices or trainees to create a 100 new opportunities for local young people.

The 100 Apprentices Challenge will be launched at Watts of Cupar on 8 August 2014 and all employers – large or small, whether they’ve employed apprentices and trainees before or not – are invited to attend.  Local training providers who are taking part in the challenge will be present to speak to employers about the possibilities that taking on an apprentice or providing a work experience placement offer.

A number of local businesses, who have employed apprentices in the past, as well as the apprentices themselves, will make contributions in support of the challenge and to encourage others to sign up.

Commenting, Sir Menzies Campbell said:

“Young people in North East Fife have an enormous amount to offer local businesses but too often they do not get the chance they need to gain essential skills and experience. I think that needs to change.

“Apprenticeships and training opportunities are key to ensuring young people gain the skills and experiences necessary to succeed on the job market. Not only do they provide young people with opportunities and careers they may not otherwise have had, they are a real help to all businesses who take them on.”

Councillor Tim Brett added:

“The 100 Apprentices Challenge is seeking to give 100 young people across North East Fife the opportunity to gain skills and take vital first steps on the career ladder. I hope that as many local businesses as possible will get behind this initiative and help give more young people the chance to succeed.”


The launch of the 100 Apprentices Challenge in North East Fife will take place at Watts of Cupar, Station Road, Cupar, KY15 5HX from 10am – 12pm on 8th August 2014. 

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Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates

The Russian response to the downing of the aircraft has been a mixture of disingenuousness and paranoia, and they have abandoned realism. It has already been argued that steps should be taken to make them take a more realistic approach, but is there not a real challenge for the north Atlantic alliance, both with the European Union and with NATO, to ensure that we act in such a united and unified way that the Russians are in no doubt about the seriousness with which we take their conduct?

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Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates

The Russian response to the downing of the aircraft has been a mixture of disingenuousness and paranoia, and they have abandoned realism. It has already been argued that steps should be taken to make them take a more realistic approach, but is there not a real challenge for the north Atlantic alliance, both with the European Union and with NATO, to ensure that we act in such a united and unified way that the Russians are in no doubt about the seriousness with which we take their conduct?

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Topical Questions | Oral Answers to Questions – Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Commons debates

The Russian response to the downing of the aircraft has been a mixture of disingenuousness and paranoia, and they have abandoned realism. It has already been argued that steps should be taken to make them take a more realistic approach, but is there not a real challenge for the north Atlantic alliance, both with the European Union and with NATO, to ensure that we act in such a united and unified way that the Russians are in no doubt about the seriousness with which we take their conduct?

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