Global pandemics, climate change, the rise of China, cyber-threats and populist politics have combined to upend traditional assumptions and alliances. These are stormy times and Britain is yet to find a place in them. We stand outside the European project for the first time in half a century without a clear idea where we are heading. The government talks in vague terms of new partnerships, reversing retreat and acting as a force for good in the world, but for all the talk, Covid-19 has revealed a fragile country. Lacking security and ambition at home, we are also adrift abroad.
The long-awaited Global Britain strategy, published last month, should have addressed this, putting flesh on the bones of that two-word slogan. Instead, riddled with inconsistencies and silent on the deep discontent across Britain, it revealed a government unaware of how deeply these two great challenges facing Britain—the global and the…
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