Whilst we can still hope for a great tournament on the pitch, it’s perhaps worth reflecting on our relationship with the Gulf state – and the wider ramifications of the tournament.
The worst outcome would be long-term contracts that turn out to be bad value, and which no one feels like they signed up to.
Nationalisation and price-fixing are not the answer; we need a plan to spur investment and increase supply.
The risk is that the Truss approach to business taxes will be that it is seen as being so out of touch with the public mood that she will provide a vulnerable target for the Government’s opponents.
It took a long time for voters to grasp the need for Britain to live within its means during the 1960s and 1970s. It may do so again.
We shouldn’t assume that Tory common sense protects British conservatism. The fact is that rightwing PC — though in a different form to the US version — is making in-roads in this country too.
There are several different revenue models, but the best avoid knee-jerk levies in favour of long-term surety.
The Russian invasion in Ukraine is not a reason to give up on it. Rather, it is a reason to redouble efforts to get there as quickly as possible.
Although we should arm Ukraine, we should not fan the flames of a wider European war – but tighten our economic grip in a way never before seen.
Our troubles will be compounded by Ministers’ import promotion policies, most pronounced in the Business, Energy and Agriculture departments.
Watch in particular for interaction between Ukrainian refugees and small boats as the year lengthens.
Geopolitical risks create uncertainty in energy markets as reliability is questioned, pushing up prices and creating resistance to climate change goals.
We need to think a little less about the targets, and much more about what people can afford.
We must extract more domestic gas, stop importing more untaxed electricity – and turbo-charge new nuclear power.
Backing traditional industries is very far from the electoral liability that strategists fear.