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Who would be the Democrats’ best choice to defeat Donald Trump in the battle for the White House?

January 24th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

The ‘New York Times” editorial board spent a lot of time talking with the candidates and deliberating on their preferred individual. In the end and most unusually, they decide to back two candidates: Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar. This feature is a thoughtful assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the different personalities running for the candidacy, […]

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How liberal is America’s Democratic Party?

January 21st, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Last weekend, I went on a one-day course at London’s City Literary Institute with the title “Liberalism And The Democratic Party: From FDR To Today”. The course was delivered by Brian Kennedy, a knowledgeable and eloquent American who hails from Boston. We were told that a progressive wing of American politics first developed in the […]

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Birthday greetings to Michelle (and Catrin) – and a review of “Becoming”

January 17th, 2020 by Roger Darlington

Today is the birthday of former American First Lady Michelle Obama (as well as my granddaughter no 1 Catrin) and this is as good an excuse as any to reprint my review of her bestselling biography “Becoming” and to recommend it to you (if you haven’t already read it). “Becoming” by Michelle Obama Barack and Michelle […]

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When will we know the name of the Democratic opponent of Donald Trump (or just maybe Mike Pence)?

November 22nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

There’s frustation in some quarters of the Democrat Party that there are still so many candidates seeking the party’s nomination to contest the presidential election in November 2020 and there is still no obvious front runner. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are currently the strongest contenders with Pete Buttigieg coming up strongly, but […]

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Who will challenge Trump for the Republican candidacy and will it make any difference?

August 26th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

There are still over 20 politicians seeking to become the Democratic candidate in the US presidential election of 2020. I’ve seen most of them interviewed on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah and any of them would be a dramatic improvement on the current occupant of the White House. Most are very fluent and many […]

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The inverted yield curve – or why the American economy might be heading for a recession (followed by the world economy of course)

August 18th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Every recession of the last 60 years has been preceded by an inverted yield curve. The term is off-puttingly wonky but it just means investors see trouble ahead. There’s some argument that the oracular power of inversions ain’t what it used to be thanks to the aggressive monetary policies that have been pursued by central banks […]

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Actor Jeff Daniels warns of the end of democracy in the United States

August 13th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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Ilhan Omar: so patient, so eloquent, so right

July 31st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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A review of the memoir “Becoming” by Michelle Obama

July 26th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Barack and Michelle Obama occupied the White House for the eight yeara 2009-2017. He has already written a memoir – but only of the first three decades of his life – in the form of the 1995 work “Dreams From My Father” but he has yet to write about his time as President. She has […]

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So how does the British political system actually work?

July 25th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Britain has a new Prime Minister and a new Government. The media today are full of information about the new personalties and speculation about what this all means for Brexit. But how does the British political system work? It’s very different from other systems around the world and even the British are often confused about […]

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