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Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times

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Gideon Rachman is chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times 

Britain’s attitudes may have been shaped by its imperial past, but it defines and pursues its interests like any other state, writes Gideon Rachman 

An 1882 cartoon showing England attempting to gain control over Egypt. Photo: Getty Images

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