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Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: I want very briefly to relay two conversations that I have had about strategic thinking in Government. One was with a person who is now the former Prime Minister, who said, “Oh, Bernard thinks we should have a strategy, but I think we should remain flexible,” completely misunderstanding what strategy is. The second was with a Minister who is now serving in a very senior capacity in this...

Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: I beg to move, That this House has considered Russia’s grand strategy. Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for safeguarding a touch more than the three hours that we were promised for this most important debate. I am very grateful to the Backbench Business Committee for providing time for it at this most crucial moment, with developments in Ukraine and elsewhere. The term “grand strategy”...

Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: I will not comment on that particular suggestion, but I will be coming to the question of gas. This ultimatum is, in fact, Russian blackmail, directed at both the Americans and the Europeans. If the west does to accept the Russian ultimatum, they will have to face what Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko calls “a military and technical alternative”. What does he mean by that? Let me...

Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: Indeed, and I will be explaining how these apparently disparate events are integrated in Russia’s grand strategy. Beneath the cloak of this military noise and aggressive disinformation, in recent months—Kazakhstan is another example—Russia has been testing the west’s response with a succession of lower-level provocations, and I am afraid that we have signally failed to convince the...

Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: My right hon. Friend is completely right. They are ruthless about pursuing what they regard as their own interests and disregard any other risk. Indeed, they are very far from being risk-averse, and the west has been far too risk-averse to compete with that. I will come to that later, but I thank my right hon. Friend for reminding us about the Poseidon torpedo, which is a nuclear-tipped...

Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: All I can say is, do not start me on the lamentable incoherence of 20 years of UK energy policy, because it is a disgrace, and something that we could have done so much better and that this Government are starting to repair, but it will take some time.

Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: I have already given way to my hon. Friend, so I hope he will forgive me if I do not take up more time. The constantly high level of Russian military activity in and around Ukraine and the attention being drawn to it have enabled the Kremlin to mount a huge disinformation campaign, designed to persuade the Russian people and the west that NATO is Russia’s major concern, that somehow NATO is...

Russia’s Grand Strategy ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: I have no doubt that Russia and China are not allies, but they know how to help each other, and I think my right hon. Friend’s warning is very timely. As I said earlier, how we deal with Ukraine will reflect how Russia regards Taiwan and, I suppose, vice versa. I was talking about the need to create our machinery of government and our culture in Government that can match the kind of...

Russia ( 6 Jan 2022)

Bernard Jenkin: I thank the Foreign Secretary for her statement, which will inform the debate that we are having later about Russia’s grand strategy. We keep saying that Russia’s aggression must not be rewarded, but the past decade and a half has seen Russia’s aggression effectively rewarded and go unpunished again and again. To that extent, how can she ensure that the meetings taking place on 9 and...

Business of the House (16 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: May I, in passing, thank the Backbench Business Committee for allocating the debate on Russia’s grand strategy? A proper debate on the subject is long overdue, along with a fuller understanding as we respond to the Ukraine crisis and the other crises that the Russians are provoking. May I issue a plea not for more or fewer restrictions in the House, but for the Leader of the House and the...

FCDO Staffing (16 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: Can we just remind ourselves that the UK diplomatic service is in fact part of our vital capability to maintain the competitive stance of this country around the world? The cost of the diplomatic service is a minute pinprick in the overall scheme of public expenditure, well within the margin for error of many other Government Departments’ expenditures. Why would we want to squeeze this...

Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: As we see Russian forces massing on the Ukrainian border, can we be reminded that Russia is also continuing to carry out cyber-attacks, to attempt assassinations, to use gas as a political weapon, to illegally hold territory in Crimea and Georgia, to intimidate the west and to attempt to interfere in western elections? How much do the Government understand that President Putin is conducting a...

Covid-19 Update ( 8 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: My right hon. Friend obviously understands that these measures will try the patience of the British people. Will he look at the other measures that can suppress the virus, particularly the booster rate? Does he agree that the rate of booster vaccinations is constrained not by supply or demand, but by the capacity of the health service to deliver the vaccines? Will he also, therefore, support...

Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Protocol Negotiations ( 8 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: My right hon. Friend will be aware that the Government’s legal representatives are now telling the courts that the Northern Ireland protocol represents a temporary suspension of parts of the Act of Union. When will this temporary suspension come to an end?

Ukraine ( 7 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Isle of Wight (Bob Seely) on being granted this urgent question, but may I express my disappointment that this matter has had to be raised in an urgent question and that the Government have not volunteered a statement? There was a NATO Foreign Ministers’ meeting last week. We have a crisis in the Balkans. We have Russia spiking our gas supplies....

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power Stations: Bradwell-on-sea ( 7 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what discussions he has had with CGN on plans for the construction of a Chinese designed nuclear reactor at Bradwell in Essex; whether it is the Government’s policy to facilitate this project; and if he will make a statement.

Health and Social Care ( 3 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: I thank my hon. Friend for his statement. Can he confirm that it is the Government’s policy to encourage the reopening of mass vaccination centres to get through the bulge of booster jabs that we need? In that regard, will he congratulate the South Suffolk & North East Essex integrated care system, which has once again secured facilities at Harwich international port, and will he thank the...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stability and Peace ( 2 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: As I mentioned, I sat through those debates and questions in the 1990s, and I am not prepared to sit through more months and years of prevarication. My right hon. and gallant Friend the Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) proposed that we should simply make an offer of British armed forces to pump prime the whole of NATO to make a considerable enlargement to the force, because that is what is...

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Stability and Peace ( 2 Dec 2021)

Bernard Jenkin: Nationalism can be toxic, but there is another crucial ingredient in this potential catastrophe: the interference by other sovereign states, such as Russia and China, and the benign neglect by states that should know better. That is what creates the catastrophe. Will the hon. Lady address that a little in her remarks?

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