Breaking news – 170 jobs to be made redundant at BAE Systems in Warton.  Is this the first blow to Britain’s sovereign defence industry?  The next Government has to take a strategic decision.  Do we buy British made weaponry, tanks, subs, boats, fighter planes or do we buy slightly cheaper off the shelf from America.  Can we rely on the special relationship in the aftermath of the Lockerbie Bomber’s release and an increasingly isolationist Barack Obama.

I heard that the Defence Secretary was on the Fylde Coast last week.  He popped up for a day – these job loses will be with us for some time to come.  Labour’s procurement policy has left a lot to be desired…..