We’ll never stop Brexit or Trump until we address the anger fuelling both

Perhaps we should call it the new special relationship. Liberal, enlightened types on each side of the Atlantic now share a common experience. While American progressives lament their fellow citizens’ decision to make Donald Trump president a year ago this week, their British counterparts have spent the same period gnashing their teeth over Brexit. When the two groups meet, they exchange apologies: “Don’t blame me,” they tell each other, “I voted the other way.”

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The biggest winner from Priti Patel’s downfall is Boris Johnson

There are plenty of beneficiaries of Priti Patel’s slow-motion fall into the political abyss. The opposition, obviously, which gets to look on as the British government crumbles before its eyes. On her own side, there will be ambitious colleagues glad to see a rival cut down. The most ardent remainers might feel a special gladness at seeing a Brexiteer humbled. But none of them will have gained as much from Patel’s woes as the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson.

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Conspiracy theories such as JFK distract from the real threats we face

Ruefully, and rightly as it turned out, one lifelong investigator of the Kennedy assassination predicted that there “won’t be any smoking gun” in the cache of nearly 3,000 JFK-related documents released late on Thursday night. It was a suitably ironic choice of phrase by Jefferson Morley, the editor of the JFKfacts website. Because this, of course, is a rare case where there was very much both smoke and a gun, in the form of the 6.5mm Carcano rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald to shoot John F Kennedy on 22 November 1963. It’s just not the smoking gun Morley’s readers were looking for, the one that would prove a vast, hidden conspiracy to murder the 35th president of the United States.

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With Trump and Brexit, politicians must put principles before prospects

Those craving the end of the Trump presidency will hail Jeff Flake and Bob Corker as heroes. They are conservative Republican senators who have turned on their own party’s president, Flake condemning Donald Trump in a powerful, stirring speech in the chamber yesterday, Corker dishing it out in a form his target will understand: an interview followed by a series of sharp, barbed tweets. The latest reads: “Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff,” the hashtag being a reference to Corker’s earlier description of the White House as “an adult day care center”.

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