US politics

Are Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin fast becoming enemies?

14 February 2017 10:58

It’s been said a lot that, for all the supposed closeness between Russia and the new US administration, the Trump-Putin…

Trump’s 2020 campaign has kicked off – and Starbucks seem to be running it

30 January 2017 15:12

I am no fan of Donald Trump, but I can stand far enough back from his presidency to see that…

Donald Trump’s inner dictator starts to stir

24 January 2017 17:13

It is of course nonsense to describe Donald Trump as a fascist or a dictator, as his opponents like to…

The New York tabloid which turned for Trump

24 January 2017 14:31

It has been claimed that Jared Kushner masterminded the success of a seemingly impossible campaign. He was the rational voice behind…

Obama’s decision to free Private Manning disgraces America

17 January 2017 22:34

Barack Obama’s decision to commute the prison sentence of Private Manning is a final, disgraceful undermining of American interests by…

Trump’s press conference: will the Russian kompromat story ever go away?

11 January 2017 18:11

Donald Trump hasn’t given a press conference for 167 days, but this was some comeback appearance. The President-elect came out…

American progressives couldn’t be bothered to protest when it mattered

25 November 2016 12:29

It wasn’t long after Donald Trump had appeared on election night to thank his supporters for delivering him an extraordinary victory…

Seven things we can expect from a Trump presidency

10 November 2016 22:14

Even before Donald Trump takes the oath of office on 20 January next year, he has already made the history…

Hillary Clinton delivered a classy defeat speech. But would Sanders have delivered a victory speech?

9 November 2016 17:18

Hillary Clinton may have been a woeful candidate, but she just delivered a classy defeat speech. She did what everybody…

Can Mike Pence defend the Donald in tonight’s vice-presidential debate?

4 October 2016 17:48

Being Vice President of the US ranks as one of the worst jobs in the world. It comes with practically no…

Trump’s immigration rhetoric is more subtle than his opponents realise

1 September 2016 13:07

To say Donald Trump ‘double-downed’ last night on his border rhetoric would be an understatement. He went full anti-illegal immigration…

How Donald Trump shacked up with the alt-right

23 August 2016 20:17

When Donald Trump hired Stephen K. Bannon, the executive chairman of the right-wing media site Breitbart, to head his campaign last…

JFK airport’s terror scare felt like a metaphor for modern America

16 August 2016 11:12

I was crammed into the narrow cupboard of the Alitalia Business Class lounge at John F. Kennedy airport, along with…

Boring Corbyn has got it all wrong on personality politics

6 August 2016 8:00

Brits sometimes think that ‘personality politics’ is a bad thing. Jeremy Corbyn has certainly suggested as much; just before he…

Who does Bernie Sanders think he is?

27 July 2016 12:24

You have to admire Bernie Sanders’s chutzpah. For almost the entirety of his over 40-year career in politics, Sanders pointedly abstained…

We can’t ignore the religion of the Orlando gay club gunman

12 June 2016 16:15

Last night a gunman attacked a gay club in Orlando, Florida. At present at least 50 people are confirmed dead…

Is Bernie Sanders’ zombie campaign hurting Hillary Clinton — or helping her?

9 June 2016 12:50

Washington, DC The Bernie Sanders campaign has always been touched by irony. Now it is turning into a mad joke.…

Hillary Clinton’s nomination is a setback for feminism

8 June 2016 11:46

Women of the world unite! Back Hillary Clinton! Otherwise, prepare to be damned to that special place in hell that…

Donald Trump must be delighted that Bernie Sanders won’t back down

7 June 2016 10:25

Feeling the Bern lasts only so long, it turns out. Now for the hangover. One of my friends posted a message…

Americans are unable to resist the siren call of Clinton and Trump

5 May 2016 17:17

Imagine, if you will, two epileptics trying to share a bowl of noodles and you will get a sense of…

Can America survive Donald Trump?

5 May 2016 16:37

There have been many hyperbolic headlines about Donald Trump these last few days and weeks, so I’d like to add…

It’s Trump vs Hillary: a race that should terrify all conservatives

4 May 2016 18:44

This morning, Ted Cruz bowed out of the race. Now, John Kasich has given up. As a result Donald J. Trump, the most…

The Cruz-Kasich alliance has failed to stop Donald Trump

27 April 2016 9:57

Another Tuesday, another triumph for Donald Trump. The Republican frontrunner had a clean sweep at last night’s primaries, winning easily…

Boris v Barack on Brexit

16 April 2016 10:55

The US President flies into town next week to wish the Queen a happy 90th birthday and to encourage Britain…

Viva Obama! Viva Fidel! Viva Jean-Claude Juncker!

24 March 2016 12:04

In Cuba, they are shouting: ‘¡Viva Obama! Viva Fidel!’ What a slogan. The FT headline ignorantly described this as a…