For the record…

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US, Japan risk China’s ire courting Taiwan ahead of Trump-Xi summit

Thank you, the People’s Daily HK Edition, for pointing out the obvious… oh wait, it’s a Bloomberg article, copied and pasted, with a different headline.

Elsewhere… “Ivanka Trump – the US president’s new China charmer-in-chief“. This one seems to be written by their staff writer.

“Mainland state media have also been quick to heap praise on Ivanka, including a strange tweet last month from Xinhua that compared her face with that of Chinese actress Li Bingbing.”

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Charming… but one of them is security-cleared for the Executive Mansion, lest we forget.


#BrummieRevolution (What’s the point of hashtag, I ask myself, when the concept is so obscure!)

The sage of Birmingham



The new prime minister’s speech to the Tory conference in October (in Birmingham, as it happens) should be a Chamberlainite symphony. Renewal, a think-tank founded in 2013 to promote working-class Toryism, is emerging as the new regime’s brains trust.


Mr Timothy’s analysis of his party—that it can appear not to “give a toss about ordinary people”—is accurate. The Cameroons’ brand of modernisation owed too much to noblesse oblige, to a vision of society that treated the welfare state as the institutional equivalent of giving one’s gardener a Christmas bonus.