The European Union is at war with itself, as is, it has seemed, the Conservative Party. These two matters may be connected but they are not at all similar. For the embattled nation states of Europe have genuinely irreconcilable interests, but the Tory party combatants (with a few eccentric exceptions) do not. In spite of a quite extraordinary level of vituperation and barely concealed personal animosity, I would put it to you, ladies and gentlemen, that the disputes within the Conservative family are no longer substantive at all; that with only a small amount of goodwill, a perfectly plausible unity of purpose could be achieved.
In 2008, he became the longest-waiting heir to the throne in British history, overtaking his great-great grandfather, Edward VII.
While royal aides insist that he is fulfilled by his current role as heir apparent, supporting the Queen and being actively involved with the Prince’s Trust and his numerous other charities, many royal commentators have suggested that he feels frustrated his reign has not yet begun.
With a history of longevity in his family – the Queen is 86 and in good health while Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother lived to the age of 101 – Prince Charles may yet have a while to wait until he succeeds his mother.
The Prince has previously hinted at his impatience with the long wait for succession. In 1992, on the eve of the Queen’s 40th anniversary on the throne, he attended the funeral of his father-in-law, the 8th Earl Spencer, where he is believed to have remarked to Charles Spencer, his then brother-in-law: “You are fortunate enough to have succeeded to the title when still young.”
Mr Johnson, on a six-day trip to the country to promote business links with London, said to simply rely on India’s history with the UK “simply didn’t cut the mustard”.
He said: “The objective is to build up what is a new partnership between London, the UK and India.
“We can’t rely on sentiment. Everybody knows this. All this stuff about links and language doesn’t cut the mustard any more.
“It’s all about what London has – the brands we can offer, the opportunities we can offer to Indian business.”