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 be fleet-footed in recognising that many of the traditional pillars of its strengths have changed. The need is to recognise other supports and partners and find a new common purpose after the pandemic. I live in hope.

good governance

Here I am, waxing lyrical in my latest column on a subject close to my heart, and also quite a familiar theme, "words people associate with the battle for economic growth include jobs, tax, transport, inflation, culture, housing and retail. Few list governance (though the economist did a week later)...

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