As with all Government entities and seats of power there is always a level of Palace Intrigue which fascinates political observers, journalists and analysts. Yet with the Trump White House, rarely has there been this much chaos and dysfunction so early in the life of a new American administration. It has been an exhausting process keeping up with the Washington DC parlour game of who is up and who is down within the inner circle of Donald Trump's circus entourage. The latest victim of President Trump's mood swings would seem to be the man that the media christened President himself, former Goldman Sachs investment banker turned far right Breitbart guru Steve Bannon.
This week the leaders of the worlds two superpowers will meet for their first summit in the sunshine state of Florida. One superpower is the Established force of the world's policeman and has occupied this position since the end of World War II. The other is a rising superpower, the second largest economy in the world and yet still a developing country with no history of ever playing the role of global policeman. For the American President this will be his most important international summit to date and it will be very different from any that he has undertaken so far. Of all the leaders that President Trump has thus met so far none of them can be described as being anything near a rival or even approaching an equal to the United States on the world stage.
In President Donald Trump's best selling memoir and «self-help book» The Art of The Deal written with the help of journalist Tony Schwartz in 1987, the penultimate chapter is entitled «Deliver the Goods». A very big plank of Mr. Trump's campaign platform for running for President was that he was not a politician, with no experience of politics and government, but rather a businessman who could get «great deals» and «beautiful things» done in Washington DC for the American people where previous «do nothing» politicians had failed before him.
So the die is cast. With the passage of the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill sailing through Parliament, the triggering of Article 50 is now only weeks away. Some commentators talk of other Parliaments abroad merely being a rubber stamp. Well, with the passage of the UK Government of Theresa May's Brexit Bill, un-amended and with only a couple of weeks debate, the same could be said of the supposed «Mother of All Parliaments»...
«You know what some people call us? The nasty party». Those words were spoken by the Prime Minister Theresa May, then her Party's Chairman, at the 2002 Conservative Party Conference. Never has a more true statement been spoken with regards to the Tory Party...
The leakers in the US intelligence community need to stop and if they feel so strongly that they need to give up being spooks in the shadows and have the courage of their convictions to come out into daylight and stand for Congress which is the appropriate democratic body to challenge and hold to account the President of the United States in a politically partisan fashion, not from the comfortable phantom zone of anonymity of Langley or 935 Pennsylvania Avenue...
Back in the halcyon days of the election of the first Labour Government in Britain in over 18 years, the New Labour Foreign Secretary Robin Cook expounded a radical shift in British foreign policy making, declaring that the Labour Government of Tony Blair would put human rights at the heart of it's foreign policy with an «ethical dimension»...
There is a constant refrain from British political leaders how Britain is still a major military force to be reckoned with in the world and this allows the country to punch above it's middle ranking economic and political power status. The Prime Minister Theresa May has constantly stressed how Britain is a leading member of NATO and spends 2% of UK GDP on defence...
A turning point has been reached in world affairs. With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States and the decision by the United Kingdom to quit the European Union, the Western political order of the last few decades is in serious convulsions and may never be the same again...
Of all the appointments President Donald J. Trump has made to his Cabinet and White House administration, it is the rise of Stephen Bannon, formerly executive chair of the far right Breitbart «news» website, now President Trump's Chief Political Strategist, which is the most concerning and disturbing.