Saturday, 10 December 2016

Go Home, Uncle Sam, You're Drunk

How Partisan Politics Wrecked America's Reputation

You can almost hear the sound of a can being crumpled and dropped to the floor, followed by a burp and a fart as Uncle Sam scratches his bum, rising from his battered sofa to stagger to the fridge for another beer. Whatever happened to the leader of the free world? And what will happen next?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Pirates In Power: Can They Govern Iceland?

The recent election in Iceland have resulted in a Mexican standoff in which none of the parties with the most votes has enough seats to give it an overall majority. Coalition is the only way forward but getting disparate parties to agree enough to govern together has proved problematic.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

How Identity Politics And Fake News Killed Conservatism

American conservatism has died, killed by identity politics, fake news, echo chambers, and the shaming of dissenters. What remains is an alt-right cartoon parody that mocks the values we conservatives have always held dear. This is what happened.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Trump Won. But Did He?

Can Donald Trump keep the promises he made to the people who voted for him? What will happen if he doesn’t?

Cartoon of Donald Trump, by Wendy Cockcroft

The last time the USA experienced an electoral upset was when Barack Obama took the White House under the banner “Hope and change.” What we got was “Congressional gridlock and more of the same.” The gains made in social justice and the recovering economy are likely to be reversed by the alt-right members of the cabinet Trump is trying to put together — assuming he will be able to. He’s discovering the hard way that you actually can’t govern a country the way you run a business and that he is bound by rules and procedures he can’t just ignore or bulldoze over. I predict he’ll crash and burn, handing both Houses over to the Democrats during the mid-term elections in two years’ time — if he can last that long, given the court cases pending against him. Let’s take a look at the state of play.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Trumpy McTrumpface: How Donald Trump Became The US President

Cartoon of Donald Trump
The 2016 presidential elections in the United States of America are over and Donald Trump has won. He'll be taking the Oath of Office some time next year. Let that sink in. Okay, let's ask ourselves how the hell it happened and what we can do about it.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Jackie Coakley, Rolling Stone's Rape Culture Icon, Is A Liar

Two-faced liar
It's only the right wing sites that are using her full name but the media is unanimous: a libel court found that Jackie Coakley lied when she alleged she had been gang-raped at a frat party at the University of Virginia. The trouble her lying caused goes much further than the ruin of a journalist's career. Let's take a look at the issues.

WARNING: if you're easily upset, hit the back button now. I'm not going to pull my punches.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Brexit: Did The High Court Get It Wrong?

Lion and unicorn fighting for the crown
Two top law bloggers have weighed in against the recent High Court case brought by Gina Miller to settle the question as to whether or not Parliament should first pass an Act to trigger Article 50 to get us out of the EU. The High Court ruled for Parliamentary sovereignty, but per legal bloggers Carl Gardner, Thomas Fairclough, and Mark Elliott the court got it wrong. Let's take a look at why they disagree.