Patrick Benham-Crosswell

Patrick Benham-Crosswell

Patrick Benham-Crosswell is a former Army officer who spent over twenty years in commerce, including several years in the defence sector, before starting to write.

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell: This Brexit fudge will run and run

Conservative Prime Ministers returning from Europe with bits of paper don’t have an enviable track record. Mrs May is no exception. Managed regulatory divergence seems to me to be a fudge to kick the can down the road a little further and, like all such phrases, is open to the misinterpretation of one’s choice. In […]

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell: Get a grip on defence, Mrs May, and unite the party

Our hapless Prime Minister faces another storm not entirely of her own making: this time over defence funding. The Sunday Telegraph has publicised a report by the Henry Jackson Society, a think tank, which starkly illustrates that spending 2 per cent of GDP on defence (if that were ever achieved) does not produce the ‘strong […]

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell: Remember the fallen – with anger

As George Santayana (a Spanish philosopher, essayist, poet and novelist) wrote: ‘Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.’ Remembrance Day is an annual reminder of this unfortunate truth, and the war memorials in almost every village and town in the land make this testimony every day. Sadly, we choose not to […]

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell: Brexit can work – this is how

A book review: Clean Brexit by Liam Halligan and Gerard Lyons There are some days when the news gives the impression that we are refighting the 2016 EU Referendum, rather than considering the steps necessary to leave the EU and ensure the continued and increasing prosperity of the United Kingdom. This book addresses this requirement […]

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell: Defence cuts are measured in body bags

Military genius Von Clausewitz wrote that “In war everything is simple, but even the simplest thing is incredibly difficult.” On Sunday, courtesy of 36 students at Oxford and Cambridge, we have had a demonstration of this stark truth in the Boat Races. Having rowed as a schoolboy myself and (more recently) been the proud father […]

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Patrick Benham-Crosswell: The MoD is right to neuter vampiric human rights lawyers

Oh dear. The legal profession is having a bad run of luck with the MoD, which has announced plans to remove the right of soldiers to sue it for negligence. Instead, it will return to paying compensation on a no-fault basis. While the lawyers complain vociferously about infringement of rights, a quick study of history […]

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