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swamp USA 

The most lethal crocodile in the swamp

It is blindingly obvious that, ever since Donald J Trump was elected President of the United States, a sustained attempt has been made to delegitimise him and force him out of office. We have now witnessed six months of unremitting attack upon the President, principally centred around the claim that he formed improper relations with Russia in order to skew the election in his favour. Not only has no evidence whatsoever been produced of any such collusion, but there has been instead evidence of serial wrongdoing by unnamed actors in…

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bosch USA 

The wild man in the White House

The uproar over President Donald Trump’s continued existence in office has escalated even more in recent days over the sacking of chief of staff Reince Priebus, the foul-mouthed tirade by the new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, the defeat of the Obamacare repeal bill and the questioning of Jared Kushner by the Senate Intelligence Committee in the ongoing investigation over the suspected collusion by team Trump with the Russian government. The sacking of the ineffective Reince Priebus was probably the right move – replacing him with the effective and…

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white-house USA 

Outside the bubble

Fascinating to hear Dr Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to President Trump, on the BBC Today programme on Friday morning (0750) With the presenter’s voice and the phrasing of his questions reflecting the premise from which all BBC coverage of the Trump presidency starts – that it is a total disaster and has achieved nothing apart from really awful things like the military transgender ban and is about to junk the US constitution for rule by junta and that the White House is engulfed by unbridled chaos – Gorka did not…

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law USA 

At last, someone intends to restore America’s rule of law

I have previously expressed my shock at America’s “sanctuary cities” where illegal immigrants are given sanctuary from the law. Now, the country’s top immigration enforcement officer, Thomas Homan, says he is looking into charging sanctuary city leaders with violating federal anti-smuggling laws because he is fed up with local officials putting their communities and his officers at risk by releasing illegal immigrants from jail. About time. Trump supporters are looking to the President to restore the rule of law to America. It is astounding that its flaunting has been institutionalised…

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A cruel and ignorant campaign

The agonising case of Charlie Gard, the 11-month old baby dying from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, is edging towards a no less agonising conclusion. Today, his parents agreed that he should be transferred from Great Ormond Street hospital in London (GOSH) to a hospice to spend there his final period of life. The hospice was a compromise. The parents have been fighting the plan for their baby’s end of life care just as they had fought the decision that he should no longer be kept alive. They wanted…

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tiepolo_-_the_triumph_of_virtue_and_nobility_over_ignorance_-_pasadena Britain USA 

The hijacking of tragedy

Public debate on highly contentious issues is now careering out of control. Tragedy is being hijacked by political agitators. Facts are being junked for ignorance, misrepresentation and misleading hearsay. A culture of hyperventilating emotion and licensed resentment means that those trying to articulate dispassionate judgment, justice and compassion are being vilified as unfeeling brutes. The Grenfell Tower fire in London, in which an entire apartment block was consumed by flames at the loss of at least 80 lives and left all the survivors homeless, was an appalling event whose causes…

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trump-in-poland Europe USA 

Trump in Poland

In his magnificent speech in Poland, President Trump asked whether the west “still has the will to survive”. If he’d listened to BBC Radio’s Today programme this morning (approx 0840), he might have lost his own. The issue that seemed to have startled the BBC was the suggestion that there were now threats to western bonds of culture, faith and tradition. (The fact that some of us have been writing about this for years has of course totally passed the BBC by). Two guests were invited to discuss this question:…

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law Instant Articles USA 

The party that stands against the rule of law

Sanctuary cities in the US provide official sanctuary from… the law. They protect illegal immigrants from being handed over to the authorities for deportation. In some cases where they have committed crimes, they have been freed to commit more crimes, including murder. It is simply astounding that this situation has been allowed to exist and grow in America. Now President Trump has brought forward two bills to end this practice and restore the rule of law. The Democrats are resisting these bills. They want illegal immigrants to continue to be…

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An open door is swinging for the Anglosphere

A couple of days ago, I appeared on BBC TV’s This Week show talking about whether the Anglosphere, the shorthand term for the English-speaking world led by Britain and America, was in decline given the ongoing uproar over Brexit and President Trump. You can watch this discussion here. Since my remarks were very compressed, what follows here is a fuller version of my observations – or what I would have said had I not been confined to such a short space of time. The Anglosphere has been in decline for…

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