Chernobyl’s warning for America

Chernobyl’s warning for America

HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl “made me think of Donald Trump,” said Bret Stephens. No, I’m not comparing his administration to “an openair nuclear reactor fire,” but there is one disturbing parallel: “the institutionalization of lies.” The 1986 catastrophe in what is now Ukraine revealed the Soviet Union’s relentless lying in the Continue Reading

Betting big on sports gambling

Betting big on sports gambling

Where is it legal? Sixteen states have passed legislation permitting sports betting over the past year, and six have already set up betting operations. Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law limiting sports gambling to Nevada, ruling that the law unconstitutionally intruded into state decisions. New Continue Reading

Sorry, but the poor are not getting poorer

Sorry, but the poor are not getting poorer

Poverty is on the rise in Britain,That’s the lament you often hear from politicians; as polls show, two-thirds of us believe it. But it’s nonsense. By every credible measure, poverty is falling. In absolute terms it’s incontestable: yesterday’s luxuries (indoor loo, TV) are today’s necessities. On basic measures such as Continue Reading

America’s gun lobby

America’s gun lobby

The mass shooting in Virginia last week has thrown light on the key role of the National Rifle Association (NRA). What is it? Is there a call for tighter gun laws? Yes. The rate of mass shootings in the US – 59 people were killed in the Las Vegas shooting Continue Reading

The race to replace May

The race to replace May

The Tory leadership contenders ratcheted up their campaigns this week in preparation for the formal launch of the contest. Nominations to replace Theresa May will close at 5pm on Monday, after which Tory MPs will embark on a series of votes to whittle down the number of contenders to two, Continue Reading

Charlottesville: Trump’s revisionist history

Charlottesville: Trump’s revisionist history

President Trump is “trying to gaslight you,” said Robert Tracinski in TheBulwark.com. Stung by Joe Biden’s condemnation of Trump’s infamous response to the deadly 2017 white nationalist riot in Charlottesville, Va., the president— and his allies—are now insisting that he never said there were “very fine people on both sides.” Continue Reading