As Boris Johnson agrees a Brexit deal with the EU, it seems that we really may be leaving the EU on the 31st October. So what does this mean for a general election, and is it imminent? Is the Brexit party still a threat, and would the Tories be able to win over Labour voters? Rod Liddle is not convinced in our cover article this week, and on the podcast Katy Balls speaks to author and journalist Paul Mason, and Theresa May's polling guru at No 10 - James Johnson. On the podcast, they wargame the best scenarios for the two main parties; and James argues that Boris should actually be hoping for the deal not to go through - in order to campaign on a Brexit deal platform.
Plus, who are the biggest beneficiaries from the Turkish incursion into Syria? As Trump abandons the Kurds in northern Syria, Russia has stepped in. Paul Wood, the BBC’s World Correspondent, writes in this week’s issue that Trump’s decision to abandon America’s role of the global policeman has allowed Russia to establish a Pax Russica in the Middle East. So how have we come to this, and is this the new normal? I spoke to Paul and Dr Tracey German, a post-Soviet security expert at King's College London, to find out more.