Why is no one talking now about the security of the West?


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Thursday 1st July 2021

Charles Moore begins his weekly Spectator column by introducing the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Security.

“Its title is an implied reproach to the way security is seen by current governments”, Charles writes. “You couldn’t have a Barack Obama Conference on Security, or a Donald Trump one, because neither cares about the subject. You could, I suppose, have a Theresa May Conference about Security, but that would have nothing to say about international institutions and alliances, the values of democracy, totalitarian ideology, and the needs of global defence. It would concern itself with second-order subjects like the surveillance of terrorist suspects and the state of deportation law.”

Charles Moore chaired the conference’s first panel, “What should ‘the West’ stand for?

Read the full piece here.