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In both the UK and America there is a pained and growing awareness that public life has come to be dominated to an unhealthy degree by one subject, to the exclusion of all else. In Britain’s case, the obsession is, of course, Brexit. In the U.S., Donald Trump drowns out all other conversation. The President bestrides his nation’s already narrow world like a colossus.
Resembling what Americans like to call an “overstuffed” cushion, the occupant of the Oval Office never stops talking, never stops tweeting and rarely says anything that either makes sense or conforms to what used to be thought of as the norms of federal, or even Beltway, governance.