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How Britain Broke the World: War, Greed and Blunders from Kosovo to Afghanistan, 1997-2022

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To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Labour’s parliamentary position was precarious, and the party lost its governing majority through a series of by-election defeats and defections.

The Afghans I met in Helmand saw our arrival as another phase in the ebb and flow of our presence in the region. The Conservatives remained in power for the next 13 years, from October 1951 until October 1964, first under Churchill—who presided over the accession of the new monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on February 6, 1952, but was forced to resign on account of age and health on April 5, 1955—and then under Churchill’s longtime lieutenant and foreign secretary, Anthony Eden. His government inherited the problems that had accumulated during the long period of Conservative prosperity: poor labour productivity, a shaky pound, and trade union unrest.That might sound like a quirky example, because the British economy is obviously more complex than blokes rubbing cars with soap. In this engrossing and frankly deeply troubling book , former senior British diplomat Snell explains how Britain’s often incompetent, inconsistent and sometimes downright greedy foreign policy has played a pivotal role in rendering the world a more dangerous place.

From two of the UK’s worst foreign policy interventions of the last 35 years, which I saw first-hand, to last week’s quiet omissions, UK foreign policy in the countries it is focused on has regularly made people’s lives worse, or at a minimum no better. Nigel Farage, the show’s latest political signing, may well end up having to eat more than his share of kangaroo anuses. His point as elsewhere is that the reason for UK not intervening in Syria was as shabby and shambolic as its reason for intervening in all the other places.This is Work in Progress, a newsletter by Derek Thompson about work, technology, and how to solve some of America’s biggest problems. But this doesn’t mean that free speech isn’t a real problem, or that some liberal-left men haven’t abdicated all responsibility for asking questions about it, particularly as it pertains to women’s rights, the better to have an easier, more saintly seeming life.

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