It’ll just take you a couple of minutes to travel from one island to the next in Scotland’s Orkneys, and you won’t climb very high.
The Guardian took the same flight. They had a little better view from the other side of the plane.
Today the center-right French Republicans have chosen the harder right of the two candidates to offer up to contest Marine Le Pen, if you assume as I do that the chances of the left to make it to a runoff next April are vanishingly small. François Fillon is an earthquake, I think, for socialisty France, in that their center right has chosen its most supply-side, trickle down candidate as their country’s best hope against the Le Pen scourge.
I’d say, with Brexit, Trump and Fillon, we see a trend. Three longish articles for you, first on next weekend’s Italian referendum, in which polls indicate a lurch toward populism.
After that, in March it’s the Netherlands’ turn.
And finally, it may not be too bold a prediction that by next autumn, Angela Merkel’s time may be past. You heard it here first.
The face of the western democracies this time next year is taking shape and I’m not sure how well we’ll get through it.
Today’s photo, a lovely spot on the grounds of the Cardiff Castle, Wales. You’d never know it but it’s right in the middle of a city of 350,000. Click it to make it bigger.
Continuing through photos from our recent trip to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, St. Pierre et Miquelon, Iceland and the UK, here’s the old passenger ship terminal and a carousel at Cardiff, Wales. Click it to enlarge.
I’m happy to say that we’ve finalized our plans to be in London for the June EU referendum. We’ll be on one last reporting trip to Iceland and Greenland for my third book (due by the end of the year) and we’ll fly down from Reykjavik for the vote. Exciting.