Category Archives: News and politics

The End of the Nightmare?

A rather good piece by Graham Bobby: The End of the Nightmare. The only bit I would argue with is his penultimate sentence, asking us to pray for Trump.  I rather think that, if prayers did any good whatsoever, they … Continue reading

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Floating and Voting

Tomorrow, the 15th March, we in the Netherlands go to the polls to vote for our political candidate of choice. Note that I didn’t say “to vote for our next government” – with 27 political parties to choose from on … Continue reading

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“A cruel, stupid and bigoted act”

…and I’m sure we’re only at the beginning of Trump’s nightmare presidency. The Guardian editorial on Trump’s anti-Muslim orders nails it. The words in the Statue of Liberty’s pedestal famously read: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses … Continue reading

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Even the Heavens Wept…

I see Trump has begun as he means to go on. His first speech as President was, as Gary Younge says: as crude and unapologetic an appeal to nationalism as one might expect from a man incapable of rising to … Continue reading

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Responsible Leadership

A sobering article on responsible leadership in the age of populism. Worth reading. An extract: The way today’s leaders increasingly rely on referenda, petitions and social media to legitimize their action suggests the emergence of a worrying trend of delegation … Continue reading

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Cause and Effect

A good article by Naomi Klein in the Guardian today on why America’s voters’ heeded the siren song of Trump. The core: Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain. Under … Continue reading

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Shit – Meet Fan

Back in May, I feared for a world where both a Brexit and a President Trump would be facts. Now, my worst fears are realised. We seem to have sunk to a new low, and there ain’t no light at … Continue reading

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