Trump watch: surrogates, extreme vetting, and John Oliver has some advice for Donald Trump (video)


Is there a job worse than being a surrogate for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump? Trevor Noah doesn’t think so. On last Monday’s episode of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show, Noah expressed heartfelt sympathy for the people whose job is … Continue reading

Trump watch: tax cuts for the rich, gerrymandering, death threats and morons with Trevor Noah and Larry Wilmore (video)


It seems not a day goes by without another Trump furore (I’d have called them “gaffes” but it seems, in spite of the facts, he actually believes the bile and comically naïve bullsh*t that he spews). From apparently inviting his gun … Continue reading

Trump watch: veterans, draft dodging, nukes, and babygate (Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Bill Maher video)


There is no denying that last week was a tough one for Donald Trump’s campaign to be the next Republican president – albeit that the wounds suffered were wholly of Trump’s own making. Between stirring up racial tensions, exposing a penchant … Continue reading

Boris Johnson: Britain’s undiplomatic new diplomat-in-chief (The Conversation) (video)


Within hours of taking office, the UK’s new prime minister Theresa May picked one of the most undiplomatic people in modern British politics to serve as the United Kingdom’s diplomat-in-chief. The surprise announcement that former London mayor Boris Johnson is … Continue reading

Andrea Leadsom, personal scrutiny and the pressures of modern British politics (The Conversation) (video)


Andrea Leadsom’s decision to withdraw from the Conservative Party leadership contest dramatically concluded the search for Britain’s next Prime Minister. But as Theresa May prepares to enter 10 Downing Street it’s worth reflecting on the levels of scrutiny now facing … Continue reading

The United States of Jihad (video)


In the wake of the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Brussels, European and US media have predictably gone to town with their fear and speculation machines, delivering a 24/7 diet of fear mongering interspersed with occasional facts. Fear and blood sell … Continue reading

Think tanks, dead cats and the ‘Merchants of Doubt’ (video)


What do you think of when you hear the words “think tank”? For those who have only a passing interest in the world of politics, which is most of us, the words are likely to indicate a gathering of highly intelligent … Continue reading

The “hungry for power games”: From Iowa to New Hampshire (video)


Since my last Democalypse 2016 post, we have had the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire debates and “historic” nominee election results – and they provided plenty of material for America’s most popular satirical shows.   Iowa examined:  To watch … Continue reading

No Fox News, no problem: Colbert’s Trump v. Trump debate (video)


Donald Trump decided to drop out of the Republican party nomination debate on Fox News which may have disappointed the rabble that he loves to rouse, but that wasn’t the only positive outcome. “If Fox News has no Trump, then I … Continue reading

A week in the mad world of Donald Trump with Stephen Colbert (video)


Casual observers could be forgiven for thinking Donald Trump is about to be inaugurated as the next President of the United States; after all, what could possibly be the reason for the hourly reporting of his every imbecilic utterance across the world’s … Continue reading

Andrew Marr’s interview frames Jeremy Corbyn as a 1980s throwback (video)


Andrew Marr‘s interview with Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, on his eponymously named show this morning was a masterclass in how to frame an interview to reflect the personal bias of the interviewer rather than to impartially elicit newsworthy information … Continue reading

The Channel programme: helping vulnerable people or nudging them towards radicalisation? (The Conversation) (video)


Stephanie Petrie, University of Liverpool Referrals to the British government’s deradicalisation programme Channel are on the rise, it has been reported. The Channel programme was imposed on all local authorities in England and Wales as part of the 2015 Counter-Terrorism … Continue reading

John Oliver does piggate (video)


OK, so we all know that “piggate” almost certainly isn’t true, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still have a little snigger about it! To watch the clip use the password: imincorrigible Video © HBO Related posts: John Oliver on … Continue reading

What does sex education in American schools look like? (John Oliver) (video)


If you thought that sex education in the UK was bad then, in the words of conservative Christian America’s greatest hero, Ronald Reagan, “you ain’t seen nothing yet”. Reagan’s ultra-conservative policy exacerbated the teenage pregnancy problem and led to an … Continue reading

Christian conservative parents and the virulent question of sex education in school (video)


Given the confusion surrounding the value of providing a fully rounded sex education to children and the embarrassment that many adults feel about even discussing the subject with each other, let alone a group of giggling teenagers, it is hardly … Continue reading