I sat in the House of Commons to listen to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement for 45 minutes today. There were a lot of new announcements and we will have to study the detail to reveal the full impact. But there is one thing we can be immediately be certain of – there was not a word or a penny for our Armed Forces. How can we be so sure? Because the words ‘Armed Forces’ did not cross the Chancellor’s lips. Many people are saying this statement was worse than expected, and I agree. For many reasons they are right. It’s a huge disappointment when our Services are doing so much at home and overseas.