I fear for britain, at a time when its sustained ability to punch above its weight, economically and diplomatically, is finally ebbing. With the end of irrational exuberance, the country found itself in an especially difficult position, when the need is to eat a slice of humble pie and be fleet-footed in recognising that many of the pillars its strengths were built on have collapsed. The need was to recognise other supports and partners and embrace them. Instead, the country went in exactly the other direction. Not good.

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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