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Janan Ganesh

Financial Times Middle East - - Comment -

here are med­i­cal stu­dents who glide through ev­ery stage of their train­ing bar the bed­side man­ner. They know the hu­man body and its pro­cesses but can­not man­age pa­tient ex­pec­ta­tion­sor­break­bad­news.

The three men in charge of Brexit, that elec­tive op­er­a­tion on Bri­tain’s body politic, evoke the op­po­site — and the worst — type of doc­tor. What they lack in core com­pe­tence they redress with tongue­sof­purest­sil­ver.

Pressed for de­tail on his work by MPs last week, David Davis, the min­is­ter for exit, left them vaguer. It hurts to in­form you that di­plo­mats find him well­briefed next to Liam Fox, whose trade port­fo­lio is a phan­tom thing un­til Bri­tain leaves the EU, and Boris John­son,

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