There is something very gratifying about watching a political thug get hoisted by his own petard. Matteo Salvini, the hard-right populist who thought he could force an early election and become Italy’s strongman by breaking up the coalition government he served in, has publicly cut his own throat. And almost everybody is enjoying the spectacle.
FORTY years ago James Lovelock published his book Gaia: a New Look at Life on Earth, setting forth his hypothesis that all life on earth is part of a co-evolved system that maintains the planet as an environment hospitable to abundant life. Today his approach is known as “Earth System Science’’, and is central to our understanding of how the planet works. But back in 1979, he already had a warning for us.
IT has been suggested that Boris Johnson (who becomes the prime minister of the United Kingdom)is what you would get if Donald Trump had been educated at Eton and Oxford. Maybe, although there is a great gulf between Trump’s bombastic self-promotion and Johnson’s self-deprecating, rather shambolic persona.
Iran has “begun its march...towards nuclear weaponry,” said Israel’s energy minister Yuval Steinitz, and that is technically correct. Only one…