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As a young cricketer, Imran Khan set goals and went flat out to achieve them. Now he is doing the same in his political life, writes Kiran Stacey in a profile of the man who is expected to become Pakistan's next prime minister. His party won Thursday’s general convincingly, but without enough seats to form a majority.
It will be a new challenge, Kiran writes. While Mr Khan excels at articulating a grand vision for his country, there are concerns that he lacks the policy expertise to tackle Pakistan’s thorniest problems and his critics refer to him as "Im the dim". His shift from international playboy — he used to be married to a British socialite, Jemima Goldsmith — an adherent of a conservative form of Islam may have helped win the support of rural voters, but it also earned him the suspicion of many liberal Pakistanis. Mr Khan must now summon the kind of dogged resolve that helped drag his motley team of cricketers to a world cup victory.
Robert Hannigan, formerly head of GCHQ, the UK’s technical intelligence and cyber agency, warns that the west must wake up to the security risks in Chinese tech dominance.
Inventing the internet
Tim Harford explores how governments can foster innovation by looking at a small arm of the US Defense Department, the Advanced Research Projects Agency agency, which has been credited with helping develop the global positioning system and the internet.
I've also written a column about the current enthusiasm for "chief integrity officers" at Volkswagen and other scandal hit companies.
Best of the week
Millennials must fight for their right to housing— Sarah O'Connor
Brexit lays bare the extremes that define British society— Martin Sandbu
Nostalgia has stolen the future— Philip Stephens
Keeping faith with inclusive British schools— Miranda Green
Pensions risk could make schmucks of savers— John Authers
What you've been saying
Yes, there will be problems, but the democratic decision must be respected— Letter from William Shawcross:
Martin Sandbu, in “Brexit lays bare the extremes of British society” (July 25), argues that Britain was never really a temperate society and that history shows it was a country “as much defined by extremes as by their absence”. Mr Sandbu is right that the electorate’s decision in the EU referendum is causing and will cause great problems, as well as opportunities. What matters is that it was a democratic decision that must be respected. The seigneurial disdain he (and many Euro-enthusiasts) show for Britain today illustrates why a majority of voters chose to leave the EU.
Comment by Southern Ferry on Hardline visa decisions are damaging Britain’s reputation:
Another crazy aspect of this story is that if you do happen to know a Tory grandee, then the whole visa system can be bypassed. This suggests that there is one visa system for the plebs, and another for people with friends in the Tory Party. It does not sound like a democracy, more like a banana republic.
Millennials inherit both the bad and the good— Letter from Brendan Kelly:
I am sorry to hear that millennials are facing financial complexities that they blame on those who went before them (“It’s time for millennials to fight for our rights”, Sarah O’Connor, July 25). But they inherit both the bad and the good, and their financial problems are minuscule compared with the environmental challenges they face. For a balanced perspective, however, they should also note that they inherit a world in which many bad things are in decline: poverty, homicides, war deaths, motor vehicle deaths, bullying, racism, sexism, homophobia and working hours. Many good things are on the increase: literacy, democracy, income and lifespans. It’s a very mixed bag. But then, it always is.
Law and justice, and divorce
Britain’s Supreme Court forces couples to stay in failed marriages
Michael Howells, set designer and art director, 1957-2018
A visionary who conjured fantasies out of ‘old tat’
Person in the News: Imran Khan, cricket star with a taste for victory
The man set to lead Pakistan is buoyed by self-belief, despite a lack of experience
Wake up to the security risks in Chinese tech dominance
Policymakers have to grapple with the difficulty of policing complex supply chains
Instant Insight: Stockpile for Brexit victory — the gourmet guide
Time to prepare for a crash exit next March by hoarding the finest European produce
Undercover Economist: How an innovative agency helped change the world
Policymakers should seek to replicate Arpa, the US institution that founded the internet
Ingram Pinn’s illustration of the week: Taking back control
Pulling strings over Brexit
The FT View: Central bankers and currency conflicts
The ECB, the Fed and the BoJ largely have monetary policy right
The FT View: The debasement of America’s grand old party
Trump’s capture of the Republicans is a problem for the world
The Big Read
The Big Read: Scorched earth: the world battles extreme weather
Significant forest fires are up 40% in Europe this year and affecting countries previously untouched. Scientists say nations must be better prepared