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Tim Bradford’s What’s Going on? Which ministers would make good Olympians?

Which ministers would make good Olympians?

See inside the July 29: Flake News! edition

Union flag bunting on the front of No 10 Downing Street

Trigger issues help explain the pull of this government

Reader letters: Trigger issues were critical in the 2016 EU referendum and US presidential votes.

An SNCF train crosses the Cize-Bolozon viaduct bridge in Ain, Rhone-Alpes, France. The viaduct accommodates both road and rail. An original span, built in the same location in 1875, was destroyed in the Second World War. It was reconstructed as an urgent post-war project as it was on the main line to Paris.

Will Europe’s age of the train ever arrive?

Few things could better connect the continent than an affordable, integrated rail system joining up its great cities. As airlines struggle, travel horizons shorten and climate change becomes ever more pressing, if it doesn’t happen now, when will it?