Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, Mr. Cameron’s brand new shiny security guru, has proposed plans for a new dedicated homeland defence force. There should be a dedicated force with a permanent command headquarters to provide assistance to the civil authorities in the event of a major terrorist incident or other national emergency such as flooding

Let us hope that someone might have the good idea of raising such a force by asking for volunteers along the lines of the Territorial Army and embodying such volunteers into a force which bears the proud and ancient title of “The Militia”, redolent of measures taken in Napoleonic times to defend our Nation against foreign enemies. Better still, call it “The Queen’s Royal Militia” so that it is an embodied force that steps off into existence with a proper name rather than something which clearly came from the pen of a twenty-something spin master.

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