West End Final Newsletter: Mr Johnson Goes to Washington (and confirms how many children he has)

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Former US citizen, father of six and current UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to meet with President Joe Biden later today at the White House.

Will they display the same bonhomie as Lindsay Hoyle and Nancy Pelosi at the G7 Speakers Summit over the weekend? Well, Johnson’s already been rolling the proverbial pitch, calling Biden “a breath of fresh air“ compared with his predecessor.

Climate will be at the front of mind. Johnson likes to bring the issue up as often as possible not only because Glasgow is hosting COP26 in November, but to remind the President he is not “Britain Trump“.

The PM will be hoping to convince Biden, amongst others, to increase the level of funding to support low-income nations fight climate change. Rich countries have already pledged to provide $100 billion a year, but are yet to meet that figure.

The two leaders are also set to discuss a UK-US trade deal, though Johnson appears to have taken expectation management classes, insisting it is more important to get a good deal than a quick deal, which has not always been his modus operandi.

Former Bill Clinton advisor James Carville once said that if there were reincarnation he wanted to come back as the bond market, because you can intimidate everybody. The US Trade Representative would surely come a close second.

Elsewhere in the paper, following the announced lifting of the US travel ban, Number 10 said it was ‘confident’ people given AstraZeneca vaccine would be let in despite the jab not being recognised by the US medicines regulator.

In the comment pages, Nimco Ali writes that Labour MP Rosie Duffield should be able to disagree with party policy without fearing for her safety. While London’s Transport Commissioner Andy Byford says we should look to Battersea to see London’s potential.

And finally, the secret to eternal happiness? A meaningless life, apparently. Mindful nihilism is all about seeing yourself as an insignificant cog in the universe’s big picture — and it works, proclaims Rosie Fitzmaurice.

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