Can we avoid Prime Minister Boris?

Can we avoid Prime Minister Boris?

Time is running out for principled Conservatives to prevent that dangerous buffoon, Boris Johnson, from becoming prime minister, said Gaby Hinsliff. Our feckless PM, Theresa May, is so despised within her own party that even though she survived a no-confidence motion in December—and so can’t be challenged by party members Continue Reading

Lynne Truss

Lynne Truss

A high-concept comic crime thriller aims to update the grand English tradition but hits wide of the mark. The protean English broadcaster, columnist and sportswriter Lynne Truss is best known internationally for Eats, Shoots & Leaves, her 2003 lament for the decline in standards of punctuation. It was a delight Continue Reading

Uprising against Venezuela’s Maduro falters

Uprising against Venezuela’s Maduro falters

The Trump administration warned this week that it was prepared to use military force in support of an uprising against the country’s authoritarian president, Nicolás Maduro. Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Caracas and clashed with pro-government forces after opposition leader Juan Guaidó appeared at an air base Continue Reading

Yes, Trump committed crimes

Yes, Trump committed crimes

I spent a week analyzing every line in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, said Benjamin Wittes. It’s quite clear that “the president committed crimes”—quite a few of them. Trump told former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to pressure then–Attorney General Jeff Sessions to take control of the Mueller investigation and order Continue Reading

Plastic bags: The bans are spreading

Plastic bags: The bans are spreading

A global movement to “bag plastic bags” is gathering momentum, said Joseph Curtin in The New York Times. New York state last week imposed a ban on single-use plastic bags—due to take effect March 1, 2020—joining with California and more than two dozen counties and dozens of cities across America Continue Reading

The Gen Zers Shopping Like the Olds

The Gen Zers Shopping Like the Olds

Gen Z keeps confounding corporate America. Its members shun beer, they want companies to take political stands, and they trust the Kardashians to make their makeup choices. Yet the biggest surprise for marketers about this new cohort of youthful U.S. consumers? They love the shopping mall. About 95 percent of Continue Reading

Demanding gun control after massacre

Demanding gun control after massacre

The whole of New Zealand is struggling to express the “outrage, sadness, and disgust” it feels after the worst mass shooting in this country’s history, said Jane Bowron in The Press (New Zealand). Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder after he allegedly shot dead at Continue Reading