US politics

America goes rogue

9 May 2018 8:05

For the past year or so, in speaking to groups, I’ve ventured to suggest that Donald Trump will ultimately rank…

Hectoring Trump on Iran has done Britain and France no favours

9 May 2018 7:16

Three years ago when the Iran nuclear agreement was signed there was massive political resistance in Washington. Notably – but…

Trump’s critics should give him the credit he deserves for Korea

27 April 2018 17:12

Donald Trump’s critics waste little time in condemning him. Whether it’s an ill-judged gaffe or a spelling mistake in a…

Kanye West won’t be the last celebrity to cross the left/right Rubicon in 2018 

27 April 2018 10:24

In a culture war you can’t be too picky about who your friends are, even less your celebrities. The stars never come…

Trump and Macron’s special relationship is no surprise

24 April 2018 16:40

People are expressing bemusement that Presidents Trump and Macron should get on well, since they seem such different people. Surely…

Watch: Donald Trump’s Macron power play

24 April 2018 16:11

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have a history of trying to upstage each other on the world stage. When the…

The shaming of Shania Twain

23 April 2018 14:40

Celebrity apologies are all the rage. Such is the power of Twitter, that stars without round-the-clock PR surveillance and teams…

Macron-Trump bromance blossoms as the sun sets on Special Relationship

23 April 2018 7:57

Twenty-one years ago the sun finally set on the British Empire with the handover of Hong Kong. Now, the sun…

Barbara Bush was a feminist’s nightmare

18 April 2018 6:53

Barbara Bush, who has died at the age of 92, was a feminist’s nightmare. She dropped out of Smith College,…

Bombing Syria would be a grave mistake

13 April 2018 15:55

‘The whole of the Balkans,’ Otto von Bismarck said, ‘is not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier.’ He…

Donald Trump’s love-in with Putin comes to an abrupt halt

11 April 2018 14:44

In his inimitable fashion, President Trump has put Russia on notice that the era of playing kissy-face with the Kremlin…

On foreign policy, Trump is far more like Obama than either would admit

11 April 2018 13:32

You could call it the John Bolton effect. The President’s new National Security Adviser has only been in the job…

Trump warns Russia: the missiles are coming

11 April 2018 12:39

Not content with firing his Secretary of State by Twitter, Donald Trump is now issuing warnings of forthcoming US military…

Why May must back Trump on Syria

10 April 2018 14:20

It is inconceivable that Theresa May will refuse support to Macron’s France and Trump’s America in any military action –…

Donald Trump would be foolish to rush into the Syrian conflict

10 April 2018 13:44

Donald Trump has promised Syria’s bloody regime that it will pay a ‘big price’ for the chemical weapons attack in…

The West’s defeat in Syria is complete

10 April 2018 11:02

The Syrian civil war is in its endgame, and the ‘political solution’ that the leaders of the Western democracy talk…

Parkland’s secular saints shouldn’t be immune to criticism

3 April 2018 13:35

Oh America, what have you done to your kids? Consider David Hogg, the 17-year-old survivor of last month’s massacre at…

Donald Trump’s ‘bimbo eruptions’ are mounting

26 March 2018 8:30

Bimbo eruptions is the term that Betsey Wright, Bill Clinton’s longtime gubernatorial aide, coined to describe the multifarious women who…

John Bolton’s appointment is a warning to America’s enemies

23 March 2018 17:26

John Bolton – owner of the finest moustache in American politics since Teddy Roosevelt – has been appointed Donald Trump’s…

Did Trump appoint John Bolton to distract from his spending bill failure?

23 March 2018 8:49

Another massive America news blizzard yesterday: Trump lawyer quits, tariffs tariffs tariffs, stock-market slide, former alleged mistresses of the President…

Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook is straight from Obama’s playbook

19 March 2018 14:00

Every few weeks, it seems, Carole Cadwalladr drops a long piece for the Guardian or the Observer about how the Trump and Brexit campaigns…

The Special Relationship still trumps Putin

15 March 2018 9:23

For a president who usually tweets first and asks questions later, Donald Trump’s initial reaction to the Salisbury attack has…

Steve Bannon: Brexit is down to Nigel Farage

14 March 2018 18:20

During the EU referendum, there was a fierce rivalry not just between Leave and Remain but between the two groups…

With Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, Trump will be more hawkish

13 March 2018 13:38

The surprising thing isn’t that Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It is that it took this long.…

Rex Tillerson’s sacking isn’t about Russia

13 March 2018 13:36

Sometimes it’s almost as if Donald Trump wants the world to think he’s a Russian patsy. Yesterday, Rex Tillerson, as…