In this week’s issue, Freddy Gray discusses Donald Trump’s success on Super Tuesday. America has been the world’s most benevolent superpower, Freddy says, but now its turning nasty. What does Trump’s rise say about America? On the podcast, Freddy tells Isabel Hardman:
‘It actually says something quite troubling about America. I think the rise of Trump suggests that America’s can-do spirit and very positive outlook on the world is changing. I don’t think it’s isolationism so much as more a kind of nastiness, that Trump reflects. It’s a result of the disappointment in Obama. Trump is a sort of bitter, anti-Obama.’
With the issue of Europe bubbling along, James Forsyth asks in the magazine whether David Cameron will pull his pro-EU punches sufficiently to help the Tories put themselves back together again after the referendum. And who will triumph in June’s vote? After the opening skirmishes, James says, the ‘inners’ are winning on the economy but the ‘outers’ are ahead on immigration – but could a seismic event such as a new migration crisis prove decisive? Isabel Hardman speaks to James and Spectator editor Fraser Nelson.
And who steals books? Emily Rhodes says in the Spectator this week that it’s a whole mixture of people – from students to middle-class dinner-party fiends and even criminal gangs. She tells Isabel on the podcast:
‘I suppose what struck me about it was that book shops seems like such a sanctuary, all musty and safe. I probably shouldn’t say this but I don’t feel quite so sad when people steal books because they want to read them. It’s just when they take loads of books and you know its not for their own personal consumption.’
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