Parliamentary Politics and the Singapore Base: a Surplus of Opinions and Few Answers, 1918–29

By Raymond W. Westphal Jr, published November 2011


At the close of the First World War, the British government continued to examine how to defend an empire that spanned the globe. This challenge was compounded by a number of debt-conscious members of the House of Commons and post-war governments who were eager to reduce defence spending. Thus the challenge for the Royal Navy and their parliamentary supporters was how to successfully sell a scheme explaining that the establishment of a naval base in Singapore combined both fiscal responsibilities with realistic strategic planning.

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Filed under: Interwar | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards | Miscellaneous

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