Beyond the Fringe: do we really want our politicians to be funny?

From Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph: Today’s politicians are desperate to appear human, even funny. But some are better at it than others, writes Tom Chivers ‘The fact is, I really do respect the press,” said the President, in grave tones. “I recognise that the press and I have different jobs to do. My job is to…

The US election has put climate change back on the political agenda

I should stop laughing at the spectacularly awful human being that is Donald Trump, or at least the version of him that’s on Twitter but must, must, surely, be a wrongly verified parody account. Anyway, about 12 hours ago, he tweeted this: The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in…

Donald Trump calls for revolution because he doesn’t like the result

Sorry, I know I’m blogging too much, but I just want to share this idiot with you all. Donald Trump called for revolution over the electoral college/popular vote split. He’s now deleted the tweet, perhaps because it’s become clear there wasn’t any such split, but the remaining tweets aren’t particularly edifying: This election is a…

US election: nerds 1, pundits 0

As I said earlier, the bigger picture of the US election is about the battle between stats and guts, fighting for the future of political punditry. Lots of old-school experts said that, yes, the numbers looked bad for Mitt Romney, but what they’d seen on the ground – the enthusiasm, the apathy, the lawn signs…