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Boris Johnson’s military alliance in the Pacific is reckless post-imperial nostalgia

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The Aukus defence deal between Britain, the US and Australia grows murkier by the day. Essentially it is the outcome of an industrial dispute over who will build eight submarines for the Australian military. Australia...

Jeremy Clarkson’s Cotswolds farm is an ill omen for the countryside

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Nel 2008 Jeremy Clarkson thought a little agriculture on the side might do him good. He bought a farm in fashionable Cotswold country, acquired a Lamborghini tractor and a handful of local workers and found the experie...

Boris Johnson is right that we have to live with Covid, but he’s not making it easy

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Eighteen months is a long time in Covid politics. Boris Johnson’s much-flagged series of announcements this week for the UK will mark his route “back to normal” and to “learning to live with the disease”. Like most pe...

England bewitched by India with Shardul Thakur meriting acclaim

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Forget about operas and fat ladies singing, you know a Test is over when India’s captain starts conducting. It happened here 24 minuti, five overs and two wickets after lunch on the final day, shortly after Ollie Pop...

Boris Johnson’s biggest lie about Europe is finally coming home to roost

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It was the big Brexit lie. No, not the £350m a week to spend on the NHS or the “bonfire” of red tape. The lie was that the shambles now enveloping British trade with Europe was an unavoidable price worth paying to lea...

Rohit Sharma paces to perfection to finally end his overseas drought

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Depending on how you look at it Rohit Sharma’s first Test century on foreign soil took him about five hours of actual game time, o il 23 hours or so that passed after he first took guard in the glaring late-afternoo...

England’s Ollie Pope misses chance to add to his average of 101 at the Oval

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England were on precisely 250 and Ollie Pope on 81 when the 23-year-old reached for a Shardul Thakur delivery and edged it into his stumps. It was his second-highest score for his country, an innings that carried his ...

Simon Amstell review – shame, self-analysis and great gags

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No one zeroes in on the human comedy, the gulf dividing who we wish to be from who we actually are, quite like Simon Amstell. He clears the other stuff out of the way: it’s all about the fraught relationship between m...

Biden isn’t the first president to promise never to wage another war of intervention

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Joe Biden declares an end to “an era of major military operations to remake other countries”. A president’s job, lui dice, is to protect and defend the “fundamental national security interest of the United States of Am...

Britons want to blame anyone for chaos in Afghanistan – except ourselves

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Who can we blame? There must be someone. When disaster lies all around, democracy craves a culprit, someone to carry the can. This past weekend has seen an orgy of blaming: of Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Domenico Raab (B...

City veteran Simon Laffin on the challenges posed by controversial takeovers

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Responsible business is all the rage in the City but you wouldn’t necessarily know it: a healthcare company that makes inhalers to treat lung diseases is being sold to big tobacco and Bradford awaits its fate as the h...

Sharon Graham’s victory puts to bed the Labour right’s hopes of winning Unite

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“Bad bosses take note.” That was the message of the new general secretary of the Unite trade union, Labour’s largest affiliate. Sharon Graham has stated her priority in very clear terms: putting Unite members and work...

Tony Blair damns the Afghan withdrawal but he would do better to show remorse

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Imbecilic, tragic, dangerous and unnecessary are the words used by Tony Blair to describe the US withdrawal from Afghanistan – and Britain’s as well. The former British prime minister believes the west should stay to ...

Britain’s military will want to ignore its failure in Afghanistan. It must face reality

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It was an extraordinary volte-face. Su 7 August Gen Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff and professional head of Britain’s military, wrote an op-ed on Afghanistan in the Times stating that it was too soon ...

The west’s nation-building fantasy is to blame for the mess in Afghanistan

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Britain’s MPs this week uttered one long howl of anguish over Afghanistan. Their immediate targets were Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, politicians who just happened to be on the watch when Kabul’s pack of cards collapse...

England look short of options to bolster their brittle Test batting order

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Though it was 90 disastrous minutes in the field that led to England losing control of the second Test against India, it was their calamitous attempt to bat out the match which will provoke the most debate as Chris Si...

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