Columnist at the Guardian, presenter of BBC R4's The Long View and author of The 3rd Woman, out now in paperback

Trump's Achilles' Heel Is That He Is Truly Un-American

Whether Leavers like it or not, Europe has a say on how Brexit will happen

gulfnews.com — Image Credit: Hugo A. Sanchez/Gulf News One thing was missing from Britain's referendum debate over Europe: Europeans. Britons argued and wrestled for months over the nature of their relationship with the continent, while the continent remained silent. That was partly out of tact on their part.

Donald Trump’s achilles heel is that he is truly un-American

theguardian.com — We may not notice when fascism creeps up on us: we may be too busy laughing. They say that clever people struggled to take the rise of the 1930s demagogues seriously. They found the strutting dictators in their silly uniforms just too ridiculous. And in some cases, derision was the right response.

Chakrabarti’s ultimate problem

thejc.com — The first thing to say about Shami Chakrabarti's nomination for a peerage is that by any standards, and especially in comparison with many others who've received the honour, she merits it. I've long argued that Britain's second chamber should be elected, not appointed but, as the system stands, Chakrabarti is worthy of a place in the Lords.

Whether leavers like it or not, Europe has a say on how Brexit will happen

theguardian.com — One thing was missing from Britain's referendum debate over Europe: Europeans. We argued and wrestled for months over the nature of our relationship with the continent, while the continent remained silent. That was partly out of tact on their part.

A Howl of Rage by Jonathan Freedland

nybooks.com — 1. Britain's vote to leave the European Union has plunged the country into its greatest crisis since 1945. It prompted the immediate resignation of the prime minister and a revolt against the leader of the opposition, leaving both main parties headless. It plunged the economy into a nosedive, as the pound crashed to its ...

Corbyn can’t dismiss the importance of MPs. On Brexit, they’re centre stage

gulfnews.com — Labour's internal agonies have been the dramatic sub-plot of this summer of turmoil. The important political news, the events that actually matter, are Brexit and the reshaping of the Tory government that will implement it. Labour's slow-motion fratricide has been a sideshow: compelling viewing, but at first glance unrelated to the story that counts.

Corbyn can’t dismiss the importance of MPs. On Brexit, they’re centre stage

theguardian.com — Labour's internal agonies have been the dramatic sub-plot of this summer of turmoil. The important political news, the events that actually matter, are Brexit and the reshaping of the Tory government that will implement it. Labour's slow-motion fratricide has been a sideshow: compelling viewing, but at first glance unrelated to the story that counts.

Donald Trump kicked out a crying baby, revealing an empathy vacuum

theguardian.com — There's a reason why politicians pose with babies, a reason why the oldest photo-op in the campaign manager's handbook is of a candidate holding, embracing or kissing a tiny child. There is no faster way of humanising a politician, demonstrating that he or she is a caring, sensitive and loving human being than having them show tenderness towards an infant.

Making Clinton Real

nybooks.com — In Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton needed not a makeover but a stripping away of the layers of self-protectiveness and caution. Throughout the week, the momentousness of the history being made competed with the Clinton campaign's quite evident strategic goals.
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Aug 29, 2016

RT @jeffbarak: What r u reading this summer? @netanyahu says Bible. I prefer @Freedland the 3rd woman. My @Jerusalem_Post column  http://bit.ly/2bKNyBY 

Aug 29, 2016

@jeffbarak thank you for that, Jeff! Very chuffed that you liked it. (And good piece too)

Aug 17, 2016

RT @FVCraig: Horrific. The stunned, bloodied face of a child survivor sums up the horror of #Aleppo - The Washington Post  https://apple.news/AqkRmniY5R9e1wRuYOpvrAg 

Aug 16, 2016

RT @michikokakutani: The camp that most of the refugee team calls home has been holding a daily screening of the Olympic games.  http://qz.com/758404  via @qz

Aug 16, 2016

RT @AdamBienkov: MP who campaigned for stable doors to be opened, calls for research into installing locks  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37091464 


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