It may be good tough talk to speak of breaking international law, but it does not engender respect. His exact words were not even factually correct.
No self-respecting democracy could accept the sort of concessions demanded by the victor after a war had been won.
O’Toole is a strong supporter of CANZUK, the projected alliance of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
At the start of the summer there were reasons for optimism about an agreement. However, the mood appears to have turned.
The machinery of state has shown itself to lack the bandwidth and agility required to deliver complexity at pace.
Downing Street’s soft power alliance to help constrain China would support and project common values.
Australia’s former Prime Minister knows all about trade deals – and can supply insights both from his experience and an international contact book.
Britain, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand: an alliance of modern, diverse, liberal, English-speaking democracies united by common cause.
Having offered them sanctuary, we – as a national party, local associations, and individuals – should help the new arrivals to settle in.
The Western World has consistently reduced its contribution to these schemes with people making increasingly dangerous journeys.
While working on its Brexit deal, it is simultaneously cultivating trade relationships with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand.
By the end of these meetings, I was invariably left with the overwhelming feelings that we would not let an animal we loved be treated in such a way.
While the Government has been focussed on “levelling up” and other domestic issues, it’s time to consider the UK’s position on the world stage.
Given the EU’s risk levels, its lack of investment in NATO and its poor relations with its neighbours, it is hardly an attractive partner; more of a liability.
The Coronavirus pandemic has taught us the importance of supply chain security, whether for PPE or critical minerals.