re: "Sitting Ducks. A very British coup from the UK's top military and diplomatic figures"
"Britain's leading defence institute has warned that the nation has become a "soft touch for home-grown terrorists" thanks to the government's failure to confront immigrant communities who refuse to integrate.
The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies urged the government to restore security as an absolute priority. Failure to "lay down the line" to immigrant communities, it claimed, had left "confused and vulnerable" Britain in a poor position to tackle extremism."
"(T)he RUSI "is thought to represent the views of many current senior members of the Armed Forces."
In the genteel manner of this elder establishment, the paper amounts to a coup. The cult of multiculturalism is criticised, the government's failure to support the armed forces comes under attack and in one enigmatic clause, the authors warn that the European Union's drive towards ever closer union occurs despite public opposition:
"Britain is an island adjacent to continental Europe. Our security depends upon continental
arrangements not encroaching on our basic freedoms, that do not sap but amplify our strengths and that do not traduce the limits of public consent." "
"The authors call for a radical constitutional overhaul. From The Times:
"They called for the establishment of a new powerful Cabinet committee, consisting of senior ministers, defence chiefs and officials, to coordinate security policy across the full spectrum of government activity.
"The committee should be supported by a second joint committee of both Houses of Parliament which would be responsible for identifying gaps in capability and to build consensus on security and defence issues."
It also called for a more robust approach to national identity:
"The deep guarantee of real strength is our knowledge of who we are. Our loss of cultural self-confidence weakens our ability to develop new means to provide for our security in the face of new risks. Our uncertainty incubates the embryonic threats these risks represent." "