The government must take prompt action to close down multiple avenues of legal assault on the British military, a free-market thinktank said today.

It says the judiciary is the wrong body to hold the government and the armed forces to account, becuase of how it retrospectively reviews purchasing, training and combat decisions over the way that war is waged. ‘This is properly a matter for ministerial accountability, to parliament and through parliament to the public,’ it says.

The report urges the government to revive the armed forces’ Crown immunity from actions in tort during all future ‘warlike operations’ overseas, by ministerial order under the Crown Proceedings (Armed Forces) Act 1987.