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An American Tragedy

The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy.

Read Here – The New Yorker

When India Turned Right

For the first time in independent India’s history, a general election has brought a conservative party with a clear-cut parliamentary majority to office. Although scores of analysts have weighed in about what that party — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — will do next, three other questions have gone unanswered. First, why has India never had a sizeable conservative party of any consequence? Second, why has it taken the country over six decades to elect a conservative regime? Third, what are the prospects for conservatism in India in the future?

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Cameron’s Speech On Europe Was Not Brave. He Was Reckless

As David Cameron entered the Commons at the end of a morning that began with his speech on Europe, his backbenchers did something they rarely do these days. They cheered him to the echo. Moments earlier the Conservative chairman, Grant Shapps, had announced on TV that the Europe speech had united the party. The sight of so many delighted Tory MPs, many of whom have become minor political celebrities by making the prime minister’s life miserable, seemed to suggest Shapps was right.

Looked at more carefully, however, it was a sight that brought to mind the famous words of Sir Robert Walpole, declaring war on Spain in 1739: “They now ring the bells, but they will soon wring their hands.” Or a scene that recalled something Tony Blair was fond of saying in the more recent past: “The British people may have their prejudices, but they get very uneasy when their politicians start to share them.”

Read Here – The Guardian

The Good Ship ‘Tory Party’ Is Finished

It is quite clear to any thinking person that the Tory Party is now a corpse. Any idea that David Cameron could or would revive it must have died at the Rotherham by-election.

This astonishing result must surely be the most humiliating treatment of a major political party in modern history. The ‘Conservative’ candidate came fifth. He was beaten by Labour, which is reasonable. But he was  also shoved aside by three other organisations.

Read Here – The Daily Mail

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