US politics

The Last Word: Economic populism will not save the centre-left

Robert Philpot  |  10 November 2017

Democratic revival against Donald Trump gives us an idea of the false choice the centre-left is being given in Britain too, writes Robert Philpot One year after his election, Donald Trump’s approval ratings are – with good reason – the lowest for any United States president at this point in their first term. But, despite victories …

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Mourning in America

Ella Crine  |  14 February 2017

The responsibility of office is doing little to change Donald Trump, writes Ella Crine For many, the realisation that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States represented the dawning of a new age. But in the election’s aftermath, analysts gave into wishful thinking about what it all meant: whether his presidency could really be …

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One step forward, two steps back

Ella Crine  |  20 January 2017

Donald Trump cannot belittle the hard won rights that John Lewis and his colleague fought so hard for, writes Ella Crine At the end of the film ‘Selma’, we discover that the brave young boy who marches with the great Martin Luther King to the eponymous town goes on to become congressman for his home …

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A warning from history

Robert Philpot  |  6 October 2016

The ‘paranoid style’ finds expression on both right and left of politics, writes Robert Philpot In November 1964, just a year after the assassination of John F Kennedy, a shell-shocked American public went to the polls. On the ballot paper they were presented with, perhaps, the starkest choice of the 20th century. Fresh from passing the …

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Riding the wave

Charlie Samuda  |  16 September 2016

Up till now it seemed as if Conquest’s third law of politics – that the simplest way to explain the behaviour of any organisation is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies – applied most readily to the Trump campaign. Surely only a Democratic sleeper agent buried deep inside the …

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Five Republican mistakes that Labour should learn from

Cory Hazlehurst  |  9 August 2016

The disaster facing the Republicans shows what happens when a major political party becomes dysfunctional. Donald Trump’s eccentric campaign – to say the least – is in danger of falling off a cliff. His numerous gaffes and insults now see him tanking in the polls below Hilary Clinton. None of what is happening would surprise …

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The art of debate

Louie Woodall  |  15 April 2016

‘Those who know when to fight and when not to fight are victorious.’ So wrote the celebrated Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu in The Art of War. An analogous maxim for the political arena could well be, ‘Those who know when to debate and when not to debate win elections.’ The Democratic contenders for their …

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Comeback Hill

Robert Philpot  |  29 January 2016

Hillary Clinton may yet show that precedents are there to be broken, writes Robert Philpot It was once an apparently iron law of American politics that you could not make it to the White House without first winning the New Hampshire primary. Not everybody who managed to persuade the voters of this small north-eastern state to …

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Hillary Rising: The Politics, Persona and Policies of a New American Dynasty

Sue Macmillan  |  29 January 2016

In November this year we will finally know once and for all if Hillary Clinton is to achieve her lifetime ambition to become the first female president of the United States. Hillary Rising by James D Boys, published as the primary season begins, assesses her chance of victory by analysing her political career to date. Boys is …

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Unfinished business

Charlie Samuda  |  12 January 2016

America, usually so familiar, can feel very foreign sometimes. A few days after enrolling at an American university my fellow students and I had to attend an information session euphemistically titled Active Shooter Preparedness. Repetitive for the American students, bewildering for the international ones, the event provided guidance on what to do in the event …

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