November 17, 2021
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We had yet another glimpse of ‘Global Britain’ style foreign policy last week. Or to put it another way, a pathetic hark back to some kind of Palmerstonian gunboat diplomacy that has become the hallmark of the way Boris Johnson projects the UK onto the world stage.  

It wouldn’t quite be so embarrassing were it not for the fact that Britannia has long since relinquished its claim to rule the waves and that today’s world of diplomacy and geopolitics is a far cry from the bygone age that Johnson it appears would prefer to inhabit.  

No one doubts that responding to Russia has become one of the most pressing challenges facing the West today. Poking the Russian bear by sending the British warship HMS…

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