Even if Joe comes up trumps, the skid mark that is Donald will ...

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Even if Joe comes up trumps, the skid mark that is Donald will remain

He’s done many things, but perhaps most destructive are his lies, which regimes worldwide have learnt from

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Exactly four years ago I wrote a column suggesting, with tongue firmly in cheek, that Donald Trump was about to win the US election.

In retrospect, it wasn’t particularly good satire. It was safe and somewhat on the nose because Trump obviously wasn’t going to win.

There was simply no way that a carnival barker who had never spent an hour in public service and whose tacky, unapologetic hedonism flew directly in the face of conservative values could ever become president of a vast, complex and deeply religious democracy such as the US...

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