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Bonfire of the protocols

Trump is trashing the norms of democracy

Expecting to serve 10 years in the job, James Comey, head of the FBI, was despatched after three. Even discounting the Trumpian theatrics, this was a dramatic moment, because the FBI has been investigating contacts between the president’s campaign team and the Russians, whom intelligence agencies have concluded did meddle in last November’s election, for the benefit of Trump. Also, an alleged request for extra resources for the FBI probe had just been made, which hardly suggests an investigation that was going nowhere. The president, in other words, can reasonably be painted as sacking the policeman who was probing his electoral win.

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In Prospect’s June issue: Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Martha Gill and Helen Pidd examine the election chances of the three main political parties. Wheatcroft explores the Tories’ remarkable ability to rise from the ashes and assert dominance, Gill questions why the Lib Dem revival isn’t quite getting off the ground and Pidd examines Labour’s prospects after poor performances in the recent council and mayoral elections. Also in this issue: Christine Ockrent asks if France’s new President Emmanuel Macron can charm the parts of France that didn’t initially vote for him, AC Grayling assesses whether the rise and rise of drone warfare warrants a new ethical code for conflict and Francine Stock explores whether Pixar can continue to captivate modern audiences.