'As UK hosts G7 flawed leader must value co-operation not crude confrontation'

World leaders flying to Britain for the G7 summit in Cornwall is visible proof we still count globally as a country.

We should celebrate that clout, proud that our nation is on the map.

Yet we need our rulers to acknowledge we are part of an inter-connected world – their boasts of superiority and sepia pretences about sovereignty are a nationalistic fraud.

Brexit battles brought out the worst on both sides, particularly among Tories as Boris Johnson backed leaving the European Union.

It was not out of conviction but a gamble to rub out David Cameron and lead the firm.

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It worked for Johnson, if not for Britain.

When Joe Biden and Angela Merkel and others arrive, let us hope our deeply flawed leader recognises smart co-operation not crude confrontation is in our best interests.

Ditch the cuts

If the bout in the Commons on Tory cuts to international aid had been a boxing match the referee would have stopped it after a few rounds.

It was a brutally one-sided fight with all the arguments on sustaining spending on the side of those, particularly rebel Conservative MPs, who recognise charity does not end at home.

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And they note to be the only major country imposing cuts during a pandemic is shameful.

PM Boris Johnson does not care about principles or doing the right thing but he’s misread the mood of more decent members of his own party and the public at large.

When eight in 10 want the Government to help fund global vaccinations, Johnson shows he is a small-minded petty reactionary leaving hundreds of thousands at risk.

Boos foul play

With England, Wales and Scotland in the Euros, we’re set for a football feast.

But it’s shocking some fans and Tory MPs could boo players who take the knee.

Those who do not understand why England stars take the anti-racism stance before games should shut up and follow croquet instead.


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