We are now just over a month away from general election day. Last weekend I was asked by a resident if I knew what is likely to happen.

I responded by saying that those who claim to know are either clairvoyant or in possession of a Tardis.

What should be heard among the claims and counter claims will be a discussion on our nation’s place in the world.

The 2003 decision to go to war in Iraq, is now accepted as a political catastrophe and approaching a dozen years later, casts a long and malevolent shadow over our foreign and internal public policy.

Never again will a Prime Minister be able to commit troops to armed conflict without the agreement of the House of Commons. Something that would have been inconceivable to any Prime Minister before Tony Blair.

There are serious questions as to the size and scale of our armed forces and whether we as a nation will commit to defence spending of 2% of our GDP.

France, where there are similar internal tensions, and the UK are the two major armed powers in Europe, at least in the Europe west of the Ukraine.

In both nations, their respective governments, which jealously guard their permanent place on the UN Security Council, will need to decide if this seat at the top table is affordable.

Foreign policy is rarely an election winner.

It is a subject however, that requires thoughtful answers from our prospective leaders.