Writing prompt

By now we know the story of how the Calibri font let to the downfall of Nawaz Sharif as Pakistan’s PM. But I only just caught up with this New Yorker piece on its history. I particularly enjoyed the way its designer dismissed competitors with a studied disdain that makes you want to write a … More Writing prompt

The factions at the heart of the White House

I have spent the past couple of weeks sorting through the power centres that make up this administration. It is a complex shifting web of allegiances, animosities and alliances of convenience. Who’s in and who’s out, who’s up and who’s down shifts from day to day and week to week. Anthony Scaramucci arrives and Sean … More The factions at the heart of the White House

Trump and the G20

If you are wondering what will happen with Donald Trump during his visit to Europe, I have written something for The Telegraph (behind paywall), but the crux of his worldview is outlined in the following… The answer lies in a much analysed text written by Mr McMaster and Gary Cohn, director of the National Economic … More Trump and the G20

Brit chancers in the US

Outrageous piffle in The Daily Beast about upstanding British journalists in the US, such as Piers Morgan and Louise Mensch. A more relevant aspect of Mensch’s nationality, pertains to the way in which her career has followed a trajectory not unlike that of many other media-hungry Brits who wash upon American shores. Having either failed … More Brit chancers in the US