Theresa May’s biggest mistake? Tying herself to a sinking Donald Trump

There are few more perilous lines of work than being an ally of Donald Trump. Vouch for him one minute, usually by insisting that the latest accusation against him is bogus, and the next you’ll be left looking like a fool – as he or his family confirm that the very charge you dismissed as fake is, in fact, true.

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No wonder Trump is Putin’s favourite: he’s making America weak again

In the movie version, they would have talked for a few minutes and then found an excuse to dismiss their foreign ministers and interpreters. At long last, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump would be alone and in private. Putin would look the American up and down, as proud as a father gazing upon his grown son. “We did it,” Putin might say softly, almost to himself. “We actually did it.”

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One tragedy after another – what’s this summer doing to us?

Under normal circumstances the tragedies of the last month would each be the defining event of an entire year, argues Jonathan Freedland. But in the last month we have been forced to grieve at an unprecedented rate, and the risk is that our wounds will not properly heal – or worse, that we will grow used to tragedy

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Grenfell Tower will forever stand as a rebuke to the right

You walk around and it might be Westminster or the Manchester Arena or London Bridge, or even New York in the days after 9/11. In the shadow of Grenfell Tower, the trappings of grief: the signs pleading for the safe return of the missing, the vigil candles, the notes and messages left for the dead. People stand in stunned clusters, talking to each other, to police, to reporters, telling of the horror they’ve witnessed, recalling the pain of a friend’s final message or a father whose phone rang and rang but was never answered.

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Why the Tories are blaming anything but May for election disaster

They say success has a thousand parents while failure is an orphan. But judging by the argument now raging inside the Conservative party, what failure lacks in parents it makes up for in guides and tutors – all now queuing up to explain last week’s Tory debacle in terms that, surprise, surprise, neatly fit their prior political positions.

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