What Exactly Is Trump?

What Exactly Is Trump?

Paul Thomas2016-10-11 As we count down to a presidential election in which the rest of the world will feel it has even more of a stake and less of a say than usual, we wonder: what exactly is Trump? Is he the product of a tainted political tradition or the consequence...
Obama – Lone Adult in the Schoolyard

Obama – Lone Adult in the Schoolyard

Paul Thomas2016-04-22 As never before, the international community wishes it had a say in the American presidential election. Pollster Stephen Mills revealed in the Herald this week that Kiwis are repelled by Donald Trump, the Manhattan Mussolini, and his vampirish...
Disregarding the Truth Works for Candidates

Disregarding the Truth Works for Candidates

Paul Thomas2015-12-04 Who is this? “His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything...
Trump and being an ass

Trump and being an ass

Paul Thomas2015-08-14 For the sake of argument let’s assume Donald Trump is, in American parlance, an asshole. So the question is: why is an asshole – and not just any old asshole but someone widely regarded as a gigantic asshole, one of the world’s biggest – holding...
Republican Party Trump Card

Republican Party Trump Card

Paul Thomas2015-07-17 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz called it “the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history.” Was he referring to: The outbreak of the American Civil War The assassinations of Abraham Lincoln or John Kennedy or Martin Luther King The 1929...
Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation

Paul Thomas2014-08-30 Another week, another racism row. Last week Taylor Swift’s new video was the issue. Rapper Earl Sweatshirt didn’t even need to watch it to know (and tell the world) that it’s “inherently offensive and ultimately harmful.” Swift wears hip hop gear...