Tobias Ellwood says 'there's a 1938 feel' about today in chilling warning amid Russia-Ukraine crisis

Mr Ellwood wants cuts to the army, air force and navy to be overturned so that we're "ready for what’s coming over the horizon"


Tobias Ellwood believes the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine means there is “a 1938 feel about today”.

Mr Ellwood comments were referring to Adolf Hitler’s advances in the dawn of World War Two, which officially began in 1939.

The Chair of the Defence Select Committee also believes more should be spent on defence in order to be ready for “what’s coming over the horizon”

Tobias Ellwood
Tobias Ellwood
Fire burns in a building after a shelling amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine
Fire burns in a building after a shelling amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine

When asked by GB News’ Colin Brazier whether three percent is enough, Mr Ellwood said: “It’s heading in the right direction, I think what I’m trying to convince people is that we’ve turned a corner in our history.

“What is happening in Ukraine isn’t just going to stay in Ukraine.

“But actually, it’s going to have huge consequences, both in a military perspective but also in our way of life.

“And we do need to spend more on defence as we see Russia and China increasingly exert themselves with greater confidence and challenge our way of life.

“Our international rules-based order that has served us well, for about 40 or 50 years, looks very wobbly indeed.

He continued: “And I’d go even further, without sounding too dramatic, There's a 1938 feel to where we are today and we need to be prepared for what is coming over the hill.

“Our army, our air force and our navy actually were cut in their capabilities in the last review that took place a year ago.

“I’d like to see those cuts reversed and us be ready to have the hard power for what’s coming over the horizon.”