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UK becoming isolated in world playground as it ploughs solitary pathway

Gerard O'Regan


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: PA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: PA

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: PA

As every kid in the school playground knows, you've got to watch yourself when some of the big boys start throwing their weight about. There are times when it's handy to have a few friends on your side. It's a matter of safety in numbers, should you ever be in a tight corner.

It's also a lesson and truism of history. The strong all too often pick on the weak if they can get away with it. Such thoughts must be flashing through Boris Johnson's inner sanctum these recent days. Particularly when they observe a certain Liu Xiaoming on television.

Mr Liu is China's ambassador to London. He is a suave, persuasive, and assured spokesperson, for a country with an official population of 1,439,661,560 people, and rising. It's a figure almost beyond the understanding of most people on this side of the world. How is it possible to govern such a stratospheric sized society?