Britain is going through a difficult time, when its sustained ability to punch above its weight, economically and diplomatically, is ebbing. The end of irrational exuberance found the country ill at ease with itself, with rising inequalities and unhealthy nationalism, just when it needs to eat a slice of humble pie and be fleet-footed in recognising that many of the traditional pillars of its strengths are collapsing. The need is to recognise other supports and partners and find a new common purpose after the pandemic. I live in hope.

the road to beijing lies through brussels

I brought together my two favourite themes of the moment, europe and china, in my most recent column, concluding that whatever europe might or might not become were britain not in it, it is clear what britain would quickly become in those circumstances: irrelevant. Also on the platform

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