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Stop pretending that all politics is local

Getting international issues right is vital to the lives of voters here in Britain. Politicians must lead a grown-up conversation in which they say so

By Peter Kellner  

.© Chris Beckett

To turn Tip O’Neill’s celebrated dictum on its head, all politics is global. Our energy prices depend on what happens in the Middle East, Russia and, now, Ukraine. China’s central bank decisions affect British jobs and investment. Many, perhaps most, of Britain’s remaining big factories are foreign-owned. Bad harvests in Asia or Africa disrupt our food supplies. Climate change could devastate the lives of our grandchildren. So could nuclear weapons ending up in the wrong hands.

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