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This may be the last election before the next world war

This may be the last election before the next world war

At a time when the world has not been so dangerous since the height of the Cold War, it is vital that defence, and the imperative of equipping our military and security forces for the challenges that lie ahead, takes centre stage in the forthcoming general election. The world has arguably not found itself in...

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China’s next shock is coming – and Britain and Europe are sitting ducks

China’s next shock is coming – and Britain and Europe are sitting ducks

Professor Michael Pettis of Beijing University says investment has spiked back up to 42-44pc of GDP, far surpassing any level ever seen in any major country since the industrial revolution. Other Asian tigers peaked in the low-30s before dropping back as they became richer. Xi Jinping has reverted to the worst pathologies of the old...

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Furlough didn’t save millions of jobs. Its true costs are only now becoming clear

Furlough didn’t save millions of jobs. Its true costs are only now becoming clear

The latest Rishi Sunak advert paints him as quite the hero. “14 million jobs saved” it declares, in Hollywood poster style. And underneath: “Furlough announced, four years ago today.” SuperSunak is shown in three action-man guises: at his desk, in trademark hoodie. Then walking, with a look of urgent purpose. Finally, wearing a face mask,...

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Two steps to reinvigorate the UK’s fashion industry

Two steps to reinvigorate the UK’s fashion industry

Do you create bespoke items and charge a premium for the work it entails – and thereby price out many people struggling with a cost-of-living crisis? Or do you mass-produce certain sizes and styles, the efficiency of which enables you to charge less – but which creates a lot of excess inventory (i.e. waste) in...