UK: what you read is not what you might get

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By Colin Chapman*

For Australia’s policy wonks and strategists, understanding the meaning of Boris Johnson’s favourite term, “Global Britain,” can be an intellectual challenge. Thoughtfully, after several rewrites, the British prime minister has provided us with a new brochure, entitled Global Britain in a Competitive Age, reminiscent of Julia Gillard’s Australia in the Asian Century.

There are just over 100 pages, but no photographs, apart from that of a watery English sunset and a portrait of a prime minister in sore need of a haircut. These stand alongside a wordy foreword which reminds us that security threats and tests of national resilience can take many forms.

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