https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/16/15810524/senate-ahca-explain-please. If anyone ought to be able to explain the American Healthcare Act, it should be senior Republican senators. Vox asked them what the bill is meant to do. Their responses are wildly varied and totally lacking in detail. An important and frightening story!
http://www.conservativehome.com/highlights/2017/06/outsiders-are-not-always-good-and-governments-are-not-always-bad.html. A book review of the rise of the outsiders, and why being ‘anti-establishment’ is necessarily a good thing. But the increase in populism reveals the failures of the established political class across the developed world, particularly in France. Unfortunately the book is unlikely to have much of an impact, as the people most likely to read it are those mostly likely to already adhere to its message of compromise and thoughtfulness.
https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/06/the-great-myth-of-the-global-warming-pause/. Probably the best debunking of climate change scepticism I’ve read. Williamson challenges the myth that the recent ‘pause’ in global warming is evidence that climate change isn’t happening.
http://exepose.com/2017/06/15/coral-reefs-the-canary-in-a-coal-mine/. Staying on the subject of the environment, an excellent overview of the decline of coral reefs- why is matters, and what can be done to stop it. Written by a highly intelligent and thoughtful friend of mine.
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2017/06/grenfell-tower-latest-sign-britain-undeveloping-country. This sums up my thoughts on the Grenfell Tower tragedy succinctlyy. Rampen also contextualises the fire in a country which seems increasingly undeveloped. The declining quality of infrastructure and public services, the government’s neglect of people’s concerns, and the exploitation of low-paid and migrant labour- are all signs of a society far less civilised than it pretends to be. Like Rampen, I don’t believe the UK is a developing country, but I accept her overall point that our wealth makes events like the Grenfell Tower inexcusable.