Humanity will soon be without first-hand witnesses of the depths to which it can sink. Survivors at the memorial knew that
Monthly Archives: January 2020
If you find yourself afflicted by a sudden urge to destroy the BBC, I have the ideal remedy: spend some time in the United States. A few hours flicking between Fox News and MSNBC should soon see you right. The more time you give it, the more effective it’ll be – and not necessarily for the reasons you’d expect.
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The trial of Donald Trump, which opens in earnest on Tuesday, is the third presidential impeachment in US history – and the most legitimate. For the first time, an American president will face the ultimate sanction not because he walked into a legal trap set by his opponents, or because of some broader, underlying rift in society, but because of the actual “high crimes and misdemeanors” on the charge sheet. Legally, the Senate has never confronted a stronger case for the removal of a sitting president than the one it is about to hear.
If you think remain is a lost cause, you should try republicanism. Anyone who ever believed the Windsors might be easily prised from the public imagination, that Britons would be relaxed about dumping the royal family in favour of an elected head of state, has surely been divested of that delusion this week. Since Wednesday’s announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan plan to “step back” from frontline royal duties, the media coverage has been wall-to-wall – you had to reach page 17 of Friday’s Daily Mail to read about anything else – and it’s been a staple of conversation across the country. Remember, this is a move that has no constitutional implications, involving a man who is only sixth in line to the throne. And yet it has swept aside almost every other concern.
Is there any point looking for logic or consistency in the words and deeds of Donald Trump? It can seem a futile task. And yet for at least another year – and perhaps five more – he wields the power of life and death, able on a whim to plunge the world into war. Which means we are obliged at least to try to divine some thread of reason in his actions and statements, if only to prepare ourselves for what could be their lethal consequences.