Trump's Post-Convention Implosion: The real damage Trump is inflicting on the GOP is to deny it a message

The sheer randomness of the Trump campaign has hitherto innoculated the candidate against any individual offense. But his own heresies have prevented the wider party from finding any sort of message in 2016.

August 4, 2016
August 24, 2016

Hitting Trump on Russia cannot disguise the fact that Clinton does not have a Russia policy.

The attempt to turn the leak of emails from the Democratic National Committee into a debate over whether Trump is "soft" on Russia or Putin is exactly the sort of inflexible thinking that has ruined US policy in Syria.

July 30, 2016
August 1, 2016

The boring Republican National Convention and the uneventful presidential campaign

One of the most interesting Presidential primaries in history has given way to one of the least eventful general election campaigns, something that Clinton has no reason to change, and likely will not until the debates.

July 20, 2016
July 25, 2016

More July 20th 1944 than Reichstag Fire: Thoughts on the seriousness of the Turkish coup

The complexity of Friday's has led to a focus on whether or not the coup was somehow "staged".That is to miss the importance of how politics in Turkey has become about one man, and effective opposition about killing him.

July 16, 2016
July 19, 2016

Fiasco: How the Brexit Coup Failed

If Brexit was a coup, then it must stand alongside the August 1991 effort in Moscow as one of worst fiascos in history. In the end, it entrenched those already in power, and left their enemies prostrate before them.

July 12, 2016
July 13, 2016

What if there was an election, and it was about nothing at all? The issue free Labour leadership contest.

Not since the 2004 Democratic Presidential Primaries has there been an election as devoid of issues as the Labour Leadership contest. The result has been to present an image of a party wracked by personal feuds.

July 11, 2016
July 13, 2016

Politics is not a drama: Michael Gove's failed bid

Michael Gove may have acted out a real life episode of House of Cards, but the net effect of his manuevers is likely to the eclipse of his own career.

July 3, 2016
July 5, 2016

Labour's Leadership Election

In the circumstances that currently prevail, it strikes me aas a deeply unwise move for Jeremy Corbyn's foes to force a battle to the death over an issue, the EU referendum, regarding which they themselves lack a policy

June 27, 2016
July 4, 2016

American Brexit - Putting the Referendum in American Context

To understand how the British electorate could disregard the advice of the entire politicana and economic elite to vote to leave the EU, imagine if Donald Trump's immigration proposals were put up for a vote in America.

June 24, 2016
July 1, 2016

Sovereignty, Spite and Timing: Why someone who agrees with many of the arguments for Leave, would still vote to Remain

Brexit would be a disaster. Which is why it is sad that the Remain has done everything in its power to make me root for British voters to cast their ballots for Leave.

June 21, 2016
June 30, 2016

Venezuela Update

Venezuela's problems are as much political as they are economic, and the opposition has unwisely accepted the government's narrative that politics is a struggle to the death.

June 18, 2016
July 1, 2016

On Demonization, "Elites", and Jo Cox

Jo Cox's murder takes place within the environment of a bitter referendum campaign, but also needs to be placed within a wider context of demonization of entire classes of individuals.

June 18, 2016
July 1, 2016

Trump, Clinton, Sanders, and the failure to learn anything so far this year

Clinton has a surplus of material with which to attack Trump. It is unclear why she thought it would be wise to begin by highlighting his lack of popularity among the DC Establishment.

May 19, 2016
July 4, 2016

The rotten three legs of the stool: Donald Trump didn't destroy American Conservatism, it was already rotten to the core

Donald Trump's victory did not represent a defeat for American conservatism. By the time he arrived, it had already ideologically defeated itself. He found himself pushing on an open door.

May 9, 2016
June 30, 2016

The United States and the EU Referendum

Regardless of what the proper American policy should be, Barack Obama's intervention in the EU referendum campaign was almost certainly a mistake. For him, for David Cameron, and for both countries.

April 25, 2016
July 2, 2016

"We Shall Meet Again in Other Boulangisms" The Right's 150 Year Fascination with Demogogues

The embrace of the former democrat, one-time liberal, Donald Trump by the American right is part of a long tradtion of conservatives trying to sell their policies through political merceneries.

April 5, 2016
June 30, 2016

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