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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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Are 40% of Americans really socialists?

June 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Forty per cent of Americans would rather live in a socialist country than a capitalist one, with a majority of younger women having this preference, according to a new poll conducted for HBO by Axios. This is a fascinating poll, but there are confused views on the nature of socialism (half thinks it means no […]

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And now there are 24 seeking to be the Democratic candidate in 2020

May 23rd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I’ve already blogged four times on the ever-growing field of those who wish to be elected as the Democratic candidate in the United States presidential election of 2020. The latest – and tallest – to declare is New York mayor Bill de Blasio. This brings the current field to an incredible 24. Of course, we […]

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A guide to the 20 hopefuls running to be the Democratic candidate for the American presidency

April 30th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

In Britain, Brexit may have gone quiet but, in the United States, politics never stops – thanks to constant tweets from President Trump and regular announcements of yet another Democratic politician who would like to be the person to knock Donald out of the White House in November 2020. The list of declared candidates in […]

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How many candidates are there for the US presidential election of 2020?

April 20th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

The elections is not until November 2020 – 18 months away. For the Republicans, Donald Trump has been running since he was elected to the White House in November 2016 with regular campaign rallies, the likes of which we have never seen before from an incumbent president. For the Democrats, there is a massive field […]

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The making of American power (5): Trump’s foreign policy

April 12th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This week, I attended the last session of an excellent eight-week evening class at London”s City Literary Institute. The title was “The making of American power: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Trump” and our able lecturer was Jack Gain. Week 8 of the course was about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy over the last […]

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Who is going to be the Democratic candidate in 2020?

April 1st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

It is far to early to predict this. After all, the first primary is not until January – nine months or so away. And, so far, many of the declared candidates have spent a lot of time apologising for comments made or policies supported in their past. For the moment, though, former Vice President Joe […]

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Thought the American mid-term elections were over three months ago? Well, not in North Carolina.

February 22nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This week, North Carolina election officials ordered a new contest in the 9th Congressional District, ending a dramatic months-long investigation into allegations of widespread ballot-tampering and potentially refocusing the national debate about election fraud.  The board voted unanimously to throw out the November results between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready after Harris, an […]

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