'If Vladimir Putin uses a nuclear weapon, he will be guaranteeing the destruction of Russia'

From sabre-rattling to the late Queen's state funeral, here are the most popular talking points in the news this week

The past week has seen historic events monopolise the news cycle, beginning with Queen Elizabeth's state funeral. 

Readers were particularly moved by the lone piper - a fitting tribute to the late monarch. 

Vladimir Putin threatening a nuclear war and Liz Truss’s first overseas trip as Prime Minister, coming in the same week the mini-Budget is revealed, were among the other biggest talking points.

Below we showcase some of the most eagerly discussed talking points from Telegraph readers in the comments section and the Front Page Newsletter. 

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Russia latest 

In a televised speech released on Wednesday morning, Vladimir Putin warned that he was not bluffing on the use of nuclear weapons. The Russian president also ordered partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists as part of this last-ditch effort. Joe Biden led the Western response to the announcement during an address to the United Nations General Assembly, in which he issued a stark warning to Vladimir Putin that Russia would not win a nuclear war.

Our readers expressed criticism towards Vladimir Putin’s military decision-making, as they also shared how threats regarding nuclear weapons are just an indication as to how desperate his efforts are becoming.

Truss meets Biden in first overseas visit 

On Wednesday, Liz Truss met Joe Biden in New York, her first overseas visit since she entered Downing Street, where she admitted before her meeting that a trade deal with the United States is years away. The majority of readers agreed that the Prime Minister has made the correct decision, arguing that ruling out a US trade deal will strengthen Britain’s hand in negotiations over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Mini-Budget announcement 

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to unveil a package of tax cuts in his mini-Budget on Friday which could save households thousands of pounds amid the cost-of-living crisis. As part of a drive to boost growth, the Government is expected to reverse the hike in National Insurance contributions and scrap a planned increase in corporation tax. There have also been reports of a potential cut to stamp duty.

Readers discussed what they hope to see in the mini-Budget and whether Prime Minister Liz Truss is on the right track to steer the country through the cost-of-living crisis.

Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral 

On Monday, the late Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest following 10 days of national mourning. Hundreds of thousands of people filled the capital as they paid their final respects. The all-round togetherness and unity following the late Queen’s death, along with the extraordinary spectacle of glory, filled our readers with a great sense of national pride and reassured them of Britain’s values.


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