After Carillion we have the chance to build a better country

Sometimes a single event can destroy not one dogma but two. So it may prove with the collapse of Carillion, the one-time construction company that mushroomed into a behemoth that did everything from paving motorways to managing operating theatres and ladling out school dinners. Most attention has focused on the article of faith that fuelled its rise and rise, and which has been shredded by its fall – the axiom that dominated government thinking for three decades, and which can be distilled into four words: private good, public bad.

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Neither the girthers nor a white knight will eject Trump. It’s down to democracy

Behold, the girther movement. Like those “birthers” who followed Donald Trump’s lead in denying that Barack Obama was born in the United States, the girthers refuse to believe the official account – in this case, the readout supplied by the White House doctor on Tuesday who declared, following his first such examination of Trump, that the president weighs in at 239 pounds.

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Don’t pity white, middle-aged men. It’s ludicrous to cast them as victims

Progressives need to update their settings: there’s a new beleaguered minority in town, one that needs our support. This group has been “punished summarily, forced out of their jobs”, according to campaigners in France, while in Britain it’s even more serious. Here, according to a leading national newspaper, this same oppressed group has just been subjected to a “massacre”.

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Fire and Fury confirms our worst fears – about the Republicans

What did you think would be the Republican reaction to the latest revelations about Donald Trump? Did you expect the party’s luminaries to drop their collective head into their hands, or to crumple into a heap in despair at the state of the man they anointed as president of the United States?

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