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Getting the timing of an election right can be hazardous for politicians at the best of times. The June 8 snap general election called by Prime Minister Theresa May will, however, enter the annals of contemporary political history in the British Isles as a supreme example of delusional politics.

 

June is turning out to be the cruellest month for British prime ministers. Last June, in trying to put an end to the unending bickering over the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, David Cameron called a referendum he expected to win.

 

This was supposed to be an election to smooth the way for a hard Brexit with a soft landing. That was before Westminster. Before Manchester. Before London.

 

Once more, Britain goes unto the ballot boxes — for the fifth time in three years. It seems that like rain and queuing, elections have become a national obsession in the UK.

 

The London Bridge-Borough Market killings on June 3 have to be analysed in the background of some disturbing signs in the war on terrorism.

 

The United Kingdom’s relatively strong record of preventing Islamicist terror is now in shreds with what seems to be the third such attack on its soil in as many months.

 

Today, when United States President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, he did nothing more than formalise the anti-climate policies that he had been promoting since assuming office.

 

President Donald Trump’s announcement that America is pulling out of the Paris Accord on climate change mitigation reneges on past US commitments and sends a negative signal to the world.

 

Less than five months after assuming office, US President Donald J. Trump has fulfilled his ludicrous “election promise” to withdraw his country from the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

 

As the United States (US) President Donald Trump returns home from his first foreign trip the world is presented with two contrasting images from this major foreign policy benchmark.

 


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