‘Boris Johnson will be quite happy to ride out the storm over Dominic Raab’
Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
Chris Stevenson for The Independent
Will Dominic Raab be shamed into resigning? Given this government, I very much doubt it
on ministerial shamelessness
“It would be fair to say it has not been an ideal few days for the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab,” writes Chris Stevenson for The Independent. He reminds us that the minister was criticised for being on holiday in Crete when Kabul was falling to the Taliban and then lambasted for his demeanour during the Afghanistan debate in the Commons. “Will Raab be shamed into giving up his post?” Stevenson asks. “I very much doubt it,” he answers. “With the amount of recriminations flying around about how Afghanistan now faces this situation given the 20 years of UK involvement, I’d speculate that Johnson will be quite happy to just ride out the storm.”
George Monbiot for The Guardian
Why is life on Earth still taking second place to fossil fuel companies?
on futile gestures
“Almost everyone is now at least vaguely aware that we face the greatest catastrophe our species has ever confronted,” writes George Monbiot for The Guardian, “yet scarcely anyone alters their behaviour in response: above all, their driving, flying and consumption of meat and dairy.” Our rulers are no better, he feels, writing that “as our house burns, the government sends in the tanker trucks to spray petrol on the flames”. The long-standing environmental activist adds that “unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground, any commitment to stop climate breakdown is merely gestural” and warns that “the atmosphere does not respond to gestures”.
Greg Bensinger for The New York Times
The illusion of privacy is getting harder to sell
on tech companies’ limits
Apple may say “relentlessly, that privacy is the central feature of its iPhone”, but “that’s only true until Apple changes its mind about its policies”, wrote Greg Bensinger at The New York Times. You’d be “forgiven for being a little creeped out” by the tech company’s latest proposition of scanning people’s phones for “known illegal pornographic images”. It’s not only this “that should give users pause”, notes Bensinger. “If Apple believes that tracking is anathema to privacy” then why not “disable tracking as a default?” he asks. “Tech companies would like us to believe that they hold the keys to their own privacy”, but ultimately “our data is as secure as their policies”.
Taha Lokhandwala for The Telegraph
The triple lock fudge is not about young vs old - it ruins everyone’s pension
on a policy U-turn
While “it should come as no surprise that the government” will go back on its 2019 manifesto pledge to maintain the state pension triple lock, the simple fact is the UK’s state retirement benefit “is not good enough”, writes The Telegraph’s deputy personal finance editor, Taha Lokhandwala. One pension firm indicates that an 8.8% rise still leaves the payment below the figure “deemed necessary for the minimum acceptable standard of living”. And not only that, breaking the triple lock “hurts those more likely to vote Conservative”. The debate “is not about young versus old”, Lokhandwala adds. This not only affects pensions “but everyone who will retire in the future”.
Bastian Giegerich for the Financial Times
Germany must end the confusion over security and defence
on the need for a new mindset
A seven-month mission in the Indo-Pacific region being undertaken by a German frigate has been “heralded as a symbol of a new geopolitical seriousness in Berlin” – but it is more representative of “the confusion at the heart of German security and defence policy”, writes Bastian Giegerich in the Financial Times. Much of the country’s security debate is “informed by ideas that are of dubious value”, and “the next German government should abandon the shibboleths of the Merkel era”, he continues. As the power of “resurgent, revisionist and repressive powers” rises, Germany’s “postwar security and prosperity” are at risk. A strategic mindset is needed, Giegerich concludes, otherwise “the coming decades will provide a hard education for Berlin”.