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A Trident submarine leaving its base on the Clyde. © bodgerbrooks

The old slogan can be updated. There used to be (and maybe there still are) T-shirts proclaiming: “I love humanity; it’s people I hate.” Today’s version would say: “I love defence; it’s military operations I hate.”

For some years, YouGov surveys have found consistent admiration for Britain’s armed forces, but growing disillusion with their deployment in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. This month’s poll for Prospect, on the 70th anniversary of…

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