Trump and Putin

Also, Democrats have yet to work out how to counter this, relying for the moment on simple outrage and the idea that Trump’s behaviour is self-evidently bad or hypocritical. For a chunk of his support, Trump’s behaviour is self-evidently good. And being tough does not necessarily mean standing up to Putin; it means doing your … More Trump and Putin

Trump’s action men

Illuminating piece on HR McMaster in the latest New Yorker, in which you can learn not only why he might choose to go by HR rather than his given name but which also suggests President Donald Trump’s proclivity for staffing the higher reaches of his administration with military men. Maybe it is not just because … More Trump’s action men

On dog whistles

I have written a bit about Donald Trump’s dog whistle in recent days. It seems that his desire to find moral equivalence between both sides in Charlottesville is not necessarily proof that he is some kind of racist or neo-Nazi. Of course it puts him on the wrong side, but it seems to me it … More On dog whistles

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