It is not yet August and the Ashes series is ending, ravaged by the weather. We can only hope that the British summer is not also at an end. It would be vexing if all the heat had migrated to the Mediterranean. 

There are, of course, other forms of heat, traditionally associated with August: heat from the drums of war. The Ukrainians are using drones and threatening Crimea. Zelensky is a brave man who has come to symbolise his country’s resistance. But he sometimes gives the impression that he is being carried away by his own rhetoric.