The Playwright, The Lawyer and The Poet.

First, the playwright, Sean O'Casey, whose 'Juno and the Paycock' ends with: 'The whole world's in a terrible state of chassis.' So it remains.

In Washington, thanks to Donald Trump, the wheels are coming off the chassis. Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, has described his boss as a fucking moron. With respect to Mr Tillerson, a lawyer once came up with something even more appropriate. This was F Lee Bailey, a notorious American trial advocate. While defending the Boston Strangler, a serial killer of yesteryear, he described his client as an uncontrollable vegetable. We now have a second such vegetable, as President of the United States.

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Rocket Man and the Orange Comet

‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong-un has responded to the US president by calling him ‘a mentally deranged dotard’, though the Korean word means ‘lunatic’. This is par for the course from a regime that dubbed Obama ‘a black monkey’.

This exchange follows Trump’s threats to bring ‘fire and fury’ to Pyongyang, which Kim has compared with the ‘a dog barking at a marching army’. In his UN General Assembly address, Trump warned he would ‘destroy North Korea’ prompting the latest retaliatory threats to detonate a fusion hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

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