Currently the UK spends around 1.7 per cent of its GDP on R&D. Yet the US and China are heading towards three per cent GDP, and others even more.
Three decades on, the regime’s character has not changed – but its tactics have become more sophisticated.
The signs are beginning to emerge that the Biden presidency is taking the Wuhan theory seriously.
Since I arrived in 2018, I have discovered so much about British politics – and the value of a name.
Some good things, a few bad ones, some absences – and an opportunity missed not so much to level up Britain as to level with voters.
Jihyun Park was beaten, tortured, used for sex and put in a North Korean labour camp – before escaping, and making a new life for herself here.
The harrowing personal story of Jihyun Park, followed by her selection as a Tory candidate in Bury, puts current political obsessions in perspective.
Ministers may be right in assuming that nothing like the full complement of those entitled to settle do so. But what if they’re wrong?
The EU started trade talks with the country back in 2007 and suspended them in 2013. Will post-Brexit Britain find it easier?
The US and UK are keen to prioritise the green agenda, but can’t afford to ignore the challenge posed by illiberal regimes.
[Editor’s warning: as the author of the famous originals pointed out, “there is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth”.]
Only the US can take the People’s Republic head-on, but Britain can play a vital diplomatic role in defending Western values.
A digital pound, backed by the Bank of England, could be a major win for individuals and businesses.
Some are having fun with Alan Duncan’s diary revelation that Tobias wants Svetland to become a UK spaceport. They shouldn’t.
The UK and governments across the west have started to act. But we’re still just starting to figure out how to respond.