Jonathan Freedland is an editorial-page columnist for The Guardian. His next novel is The Plot Against the President, published under the pseudonym Sam Bourne.
 (May 2017)


Reality TV in Cleveland

Delegates at the Republican National Convention after the announcement that there would not be a roll-call vote on the Convention Rules Committee's report and proposed rules changes, Cleveland, Ohio, July 18, 2016

Trump’s candidacy rests on his experience as a business leader, on the notion that he is the CEO ready to run America, Inc. What he has demonstrated so far at the Republican convention in Cleveland is not deviation from an ideological norm, but simple ineptitude. And for a would-be chief executive to the nation, that’s not a good look.


Dover and Out

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May at a European Union summit, Valletta, Malta, February 2017
How did Theresa May, who campaigned, albeit in lukewarm fashion, for the Remain side in last summer’s referendum, end up pushing for such a hard-core version of Leave? Any explanation has to begin with the parlous state of the official opposition to the Conservatives now in power. In its postwar history, the Labour Party has rarely been weaker.

A Great Family Business

Claire Foy as Princess Elizabeth and Matt Smith as Prince Philip on a visit to Kenya in 1952, shortly before she became queen, in The Crown

The Crown

a Netflix television series created by Peter Morgan
The first season of The Crown tells a story that has a universal appeal, equally absorbing whether one is among those who are reigned over or merely a curious onlooker. It is essentially the Godfather narrative, with Elizabeth as Michael Corleone.

A Howl of Rage

Michael Gove and Boris Johnson
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has plunged the country into its greatest crisis since 1945. It prompted the immediate resignation of the prime minister and a revolt against the leader of the opposition, leaving both main parties headless. It plunged the economy into a nosedive, as the pound …


A World in Doubt

Rota naval base, Spain, July 10, 2016

Europe’s most strident populists and chauvinists are thrilled by the Trump victory. But the overwhelming sentiment animating European and global responses to the US election is fear. In the chancelleries of Europe, it already has two distinct forms: fear over what Trump will do and fear over what his victory might mean closer to home.

Why Is Assange Helping Trump?

Why has WikiLeaks devoted itself exclusively to the release of documents that might damage Hillary Clinton and not Donald Trump? Some speculate that Julian Assange hopes he would be treated leniently by a Trump administration. Others suspect the heart of the matter is the Russian connection: Assange, like Trump, seems strikingly comfortable with Putin. He also has a long-running grievance against Clinton.

The End of Republicanism?

Vanessa Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Tiffany Trump, on the third day of the Republican National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016

After the convention, many Republicans are worried that Trumpism does not respect the prudent, cautious, free-market conservatism they value. Trump is turning his back on decades of Republican Party doctrine and, for millennials especially, making the Republican Party a “toxic brand.”