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

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