There are also diplomatic and geostrategic opportunities for Global Britain to lead on developing human and environmental standards.
There should be a growth target to complement the inflation target – to drive government departments to take actions that will promote more UK activity and jobs.
Experience suggests that killers motivated by Islamist extremism seldom act outside terrorist networks.
A new culture of inquiry and challenge is essential if government is to be better prepared for what ministers cannot be blamed for failing to anticipate.
Truss says her “vision is to strengthen our economic and security ties in order to build a network of liberty around the world.”
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
The deal sends a starkly clear message to China – and will reassure India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan that their security interests are also British interests.
The three countries will work “hand-in-glove to preserve security and stability in the Indo-Pacific” (i.e: to contain China).
My great fear is that
isolationism on the left and right could take root. And not all interventions have been disastrous – let alone about imposing our values.
In tandem with countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and France, we should consider a stronger humanitarian-orientated alliance which has teeth.
It would seem to compound an injustice to invite these Afghans to join the back of the queue for resettlement assistance.
If you want a circus, send for Pen Farthing. There’s a government to run. Number Ten must get a grip.
Doing so won’t get us to the promised land of herd immunity, and may well compromise their immuno-response systems.
We need to rethink our foreign policy not in the world we would like, but in the world we actually live in.
We must make sure that the Taliban understand that we will respond with military means to any increased security threat against our citizens