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Stop being defeatist, Britain is still a geopolitical powerhouse

Jan 10, 2019 - City A.M.

OVER the past few years, the drumbeat of British declinism has grown steadily louder. Last year, former Prime Minister Sir John Major claimed that the UK was going to become a "middle-sized, middle-ranking nation", while Sir Simon McDonald, the head of the diplomatic service, described the country as "medium-sized".

True, the declinist rumble has haunted the UK since the end of the 1940s, if not the end of the nineteenth century, when it became apparent that the country was losing its posi...