I’m the self-appointed ‘defence expert’. Though I’m a bit of an amateur in this field, I feel sure of the above prediction. You might be thinking ‘Why on earth would we be going to war to defend Vietnam anyway?’ Well, see this from the Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP on 21st April:
‘UK maritime forces visit Vietnam with French naval task group. UK maritime forces have reaffirmed the UK’s Defence ties with Vietnam during a visit. Around 60 Royal Navy and Royal Marines are currently taking part in a five-month French naval deployment to the Indian Ocean and Far East, aboard French assault ship FS Mistral.’
You might remember that Vietnam has already, on its own, defeated the French twice, the Japanese and the USA so these 60 Marines must be some guys. Reading carefully, it’s clear that this is part of the US agenda to encircle China. The strategy was deeply risky before but now, with Trump as president, it’s getting very scary. The Chinese armed forces are estimated to be around 1.6 million strong. Vietnam, like China, is still a Communist regime.
This positively Pythonesque (Monty) jaunt is the kind of thing that reminds me of the post-imperial vanities and delusions that survive in Westminster and why, most of all, I want Scotland out of this utterly dysfunctional union.