Harold Macmillan was once present at a meeting between Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle. The two principals went into a smaller room for a bilateral. Immediately, Macmillan heard raised voices. They grew louder, and louder still. Suddenly, Churchill’s face appeared round the door. “Harold, quickly, tell me: what is the opposite of ‘Vive la France?’”.
While policy needs to be focussed on reforms that grow the economy, the PM forgot the context. That’s the conflict in Ukraine.