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To Sunak & Starmer: don't be afraid to speak out on foreign affairs

Benyamin Netanyahu and Emmanuel Macron are under huge pressure (Image: The Times of Israel) Political leaders are often told to be bold and show authority. The moment they do - regardless of whether they're right or wrong, which I'll analyse three recent decisions here - they're doomed. As a result of these, we're talking about possible power shifts with dramatic consequences for the wider world. But whatever the possible outcomes, both the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and opposition leader, Sir Keir Starmer, should make their views known. If they want to appear as the big cheeses from beyond the Isles, both need to act bravely. I'll start with France, because tensions between workers and Emmanuel Macron's government are escalating like there's no tomorrow. Reportedly millions have taken to the streets , calling out against pension reforms enforced by the country's leading party, which has minority control . The main issue people have is the decision

Personal and tailored banking? Computer says no

'Computer says no' comedy sketch, seen on comedy series, Little Britain (Image: The Telegraph) Remember the noughties British TV comedy show Little Britain? While some of its sketches were rather tasteless and inappropriate, which creators David Walliams and Matt Lucas had later felt the need to  apologise for , much of what they produced were hilarious and eerily relatable even 15-20 years later. One that springs to mind is the 'computer says no' sketch, which poked fun at unhelpful customer services. That attitude is, sadly, sinking the bank industry to a brand new low. I'm talking with experience here, and please excuse my long sob story. Having been a customer of one bank (who will remain nameless here) for almost 20 years, without any issues prior to this point, I believed it would be there to support me through rainy days. Lately, while my level of incoming remains strong, rising outgoings has led to the both figures being almost equal, or on occasions, the la