US Politics

Will white supremacy always haunt America?

January 25, 2018 2:00 pm

I found Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power surprisingly engaging. It combines a calm, friendly voice with…

How seriously should we take this new pro-Trump conspiracy theory?

January 25, 2018 11:00 am

What if the great smoking gun in the Trump-Russia enquiry is not Donald Trump’s collusion with the Kremlin? What if the…

US government shutdown: Trump’s presidency begins to resemble Obama’s

January 24, 2018 12:21 am

Donald Trump had hoped to mark his first anniversary as president basking in surprisingly positive media headlines and enjoying a…

Child drinking water

The green lobby’s energy obsession is harming the world’s poorest

January 24, 2018 12:05 am

Access to an abundance of clean water has been pivotal for the public health miracle that has taken place in rich…


Putin’s great soccer game

January 24, 2018 12:02 am

Authoritarian regimes love grand international sporting events. There’s something about the mass regimentation, the set-piece spectacle, the old-fashioned idea of…

Donald Trump will feel right at home in Davos

January 23, 2018 3:30 pm

After a prolonged dry spell, the Donald, to borrow from Billy Bush’s memorable taped remark, has finally scored again. For…

Richard Nixon in September 1968

Encounters with eight presidents

January 23, 2018 3:15 pm

I feel a bit of a fraud writing about the ‘presidents I knew’, since journalists do not really get to…

Is social media doing the Devil’s work?

January 23, 2018 2:58 pm

Twitter brings out a mean streak in some people that can take the breath away. And I should know. I…

Franco’s fascism is alive and kicking in Spain

January 23, 2018 2:55 pm

After the demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday, I happened to walk past the city’s main police station. A unionist crowd…

The lie that is recycling

January 23, 2018 2:50 pm

So much of what we carefully separate just ends up wasting energy

The problem with America is not Donald Trump

January 23, 2018 2:47 pm

Something has gone horribly wrong in America, but it isn’t Donald Trump. The 45th president’s first year has in fact…

Jordan Peterson

The curious star appeal of Jordan Peterson

January 23, 2018 2:38 pm

Last Sunday night a capacity crowd of mainly young people packed into the Emmanuel Centre in London. Those who couldn’t…

US shutdown: how the ‘Common Sense Coalition’ saved the day

January 23, 2018 12:00 pm

Compared to previous instances in US history when political paralysis and dysfunction shut down Washington for weeks at a time,…

The Donald Trump show enters season two

January 20, 2018 2:30 pm

Next up on America, it’s the season two premiere of The Donald Trump Show. All your favorite characters are back—or…

If you think it’s just ‘elites’ complaining about Trump, think again

January 20, 2018 10:30 am

After one year in office, Donald Trump is winning bigly. The stock market is up. North Korea and South Korea…

Trump, May, and the sinking of the so-called ‘Special Relationship’

January 19, 2018 10:35 am

Another week, another blow to the so-called Special Relationship. The latest sorry news is that Number 10 has been trying…


January 18, 2018 11:45 am

Journalists can guffaw at the silliness of President Donald’s Trump’s Fake News Awards as much as they like. The truth…

The Trump exodus could cost the Republicans dearly

January 14, 2018 8:30 am

The Trump presidency has been a disorienting moment in American political life. Imagine a time traveller starting in the year…


January 13, 2018 9:00 am

Like every journalist in Washington, I’m enthralled by the new Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury, which depicts Donald Trump…

Why does Donald Trump hate dogs?

January 13, 2018 9:00 am

Here’s an aspect of Donald Trump’s personality that I’ve never got past: his hatred of dogs. When Trump tweeted on…

Donald Trump is right: the sale of the US embassy was a bad deal

January 13, 2018 8:00 am

The anti-Trump forces have been having a field day on Twitter with the hashtag #ICancelledMyTriptoLondon – poking fun at Donald…

Britain’s epic vanity: do we really think Trump cares that much about coming here?

January 12, 2018 12:30 pm

Boris Johnson is absolutely right to say that his successor as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has behaved like a ‘puffed…

Donald Trump’s greatest peril could soon become a reality

January 12, 2018 10:30 am

Donald Trump is playing hard to get. Asked yesterday at the White House whether he would meet with Special Counsel…

New York’s fight against the oil giants is political posturing at its worst

January 11, 2018 1:00 pm

Was there ever a more pathetic piece of political posturing than the attempt by New York mayor Bill de Blasio…

What becomes of Breitbart without Steve Bannon?

January 10, 2018 3:00 pm

How quickly Steve Bannon’s dark star has collapsed. Not so long ago, friends and enemies talked him up as a media genius. He…