Still attempting to distill everything I’m hearing and reading about the escalating  meltdown of the British Conservative party, with Westminster braced for more revelations and allegations in the Sunday newspapers. All meaning my weekly newsletter is still in the works. Until it is ready, here is the second edition of the new Reaction daily pick of five (from external sources, and with some podcasts and radio too) that we’re trialling and hope you find useful and/or enjoyable.

Iain Martin
Editor, Reaction.

1. America’s opioid epidemic: the fight against this ‘carnage’ is not working. Rhys Blakely, weekend essay for The Times.

2. Why I wrote WTF. Robert Peston, Facebook.

3. Jenna Abrams, Russia’s Clown Troll Princess, Duped the Mainstream Media and the World. Ben Collins and Joseph Fox, The Daily Beast.

4. Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time. Hillary Spurling, BBC Radio 4 book of the week episodes 1-5.

5. Finding Relief on the Streets and at the Office: Terrorists are much weaker than we feared in 2001. And sexual harassers are suddenly more vulnerable. Peggy Noonan, WSJ