I first reported on Asia Bibi’s case almost nine years ago. I am thinking about it again as she awaits the outcome of her final appeal – and wondering whether she might now be free if there had been no publicity. In most cases, the more publicity, the more outrage, the more pressure the better. … More Does publicity help Asia Bibi?
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
Is John Kelly the man to rein in Donald Trump? This is the question now that Mr Trump has brought in the retired four-star Marine Corps general to run his White House. If anyone is going to establish a proper chain of command it is Mr Kelly, runs the argument. He is about the same … More Just don’t call it a wall…
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
John Kelly, the retired four-star general, has had a good first day as White House chief of staff. Sacking Anthony Scaramucci sets the tone: Speak like that, act like that, and you’re out. Last week, all the signs were that the president loved Mr Scaramucci’s style. One of the reasons Reince Priebus lost the confidence … More Good first day for John Kelly
This is from the second part of my series looking at who’s who in Trump’s White House. His family and Trump Org employees sit at the very heart. It’s not so much a case of diving the administration up into conservatives v liberals, globalists v isolationists. The only divide that matters, it seems to me, … More Trump family and friends
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