Friday January 24, 2020

Politics has become fixated on leaders. What a shame so few are up to the task

Soundbites and an obsession with trivia are pushing our politicians further away from serious policy

5th December, 2019
Boris Johnson and Donald Trump at the Nato summit in Britain this week: the event was timely for the prime minister, although Trump lost his cool. Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty

This week we learned that Melania Trump has never eaten mince pies, that Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t know what time the queen’s speech is broadcast and that the world’s carbon emissions have increased once again. There was a strange juxtaposition of headlines as Nato, Donald Trump, the British election and climate change converged in a bizarre mash-up.

Bizarre in the moment, perhaps, but it all fed into an increasing disillusionment...

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