Opportunists will try to lay it all at the door of Brexit. But the truth is more complex – not least given rising wages and the knock-on effects of Trump’s tax cuts.
The GOP’s attempts at reform have failed, and the President’s account of his own views on the topic seems to vary all the time.
When these terms are misused as catch-all boo-words, they lose their meaning and their essential value.
And the Republicans have forgotten how to stop a demagogue from becoming their presidential candidate.
The President insists that he and the Prime Minister ‘like each other a lot’.
Many Leave voters may dislike the necessary kowtowing to President Trump just as much as they did our deference to Brussels.
Indeed, the next shutdown might come before very long. And there’s no sign that Trump or his opponents are in a compromising mood.
The brutal reality is that Britain needs the country the President governs – and so by extension needs him too.
And here we end, by reflecting on what he might have thought about Labour’s move away from the tenet of democratic government.
But unless his fully-developed vision of the future can capture heart-and-minds, I’d expect control of the party to stay with the mainstream.
A combination of repression and culture war sustained the current system in recent years. But the effectiveness of that approach is wearing off.
Since I last surveyed the political landscape in 2013 and 2014, some ruling tribes have been cast down, and some formerly lost tribes have risen to rule.
It can be hard to look past the President’s excesses – but the realities of government and the economy tell a more mixed story than you might assume.
In the side, that is. Plus: First the Left came for Toby Young; later, they may come for you. And: North Korea could be the big story of the year.
The lacklustre General Election campaign was consigned to second place. Donald Trump’s inauguration was a distant third.