The Big Picture

Vincent Boland: Bell tolls for jokers who promised bread and gave the world circuses

Donald Trump is a walking crime scene, Boris Johnson resigns after the Partygate report and Italy bids farewell to Silvio ‘Bunga Bunga’ Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi, who died last week, wrote the populist handbook for how to take a democratic western country hostage long before Trump or Johnson. Picture: Getty

It has been a bad few days for the world’s populist politicians.

In the sticky heat of Miami, a former US president was arraigned in court as a criminal defendant, facing 37 charges related to top-secret documents that amounted to one damning accusation: that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to America’s national security.

He is facing multiple charges and investigations in other cases elsewhere. Trump is a walking crime scene.

Boris Johnson, ...