For anyone inclined to engage in a spot of political buzzword bingo, ‘levelling up’ has become the absolute sure-fire bet of our times. It’s the measure by which Boris Johnson wants his Government to be defined. So, inevitably, the phrase features prominently – and repeatedly – in almost every ministerial speech, broadcast interview and by-lined column.
While policy needs to be focussed on reforms that grow the economy, the PM forgot the context. That’s the conflict in Ukraine.