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Otis Redding’s wife Zelma is to open a charter school in his birthplace to help create leaders with soul, writes Susan Dalgety.

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People drop names with charming regularity in the Mississippi Delta.

The bluesman who entertained us over breakfast in Clarksdale, birthplace of the blues, is friends with John Lennon’s sister.

“I got a lovely note from Paul McCartney congratulating me on my album of Beatles’ songs, he loved our version of Lady Madonna,” he smiled, before sliding into another three-minute classic.

“I drive Carla Thomas a lot,” said Rufus (no relation), our cheerful cab driver in Memphis, “and if you’re around on Sunday, go down to Al Green’s church, he is still singing as well as preachin’.”

Al Green, the man whose soulful voice has spread love and happiness across the world, is clearly very popular. “I spent five hours with Reverend Green yesterday,” said Gordon, the man we bumped into in BB King’s club on Beale Street.

“And I was with Zelma earlier this week, talkin’ about her music academy. That’s Zelma Redding,” he added quickly, just in case we hadn’t worked out she was the widow of the legendary Otis Redding.

There is music in the air in this sultry corner of the United States.

It was here, in the cotton fields of the south, that African American sharecroppers sang ancient rhythms in the blistering heat to ease their breaking souls, while their poor, white neighbours plucked country tunes on cheap guitars.

It was in Clarksdale where one Robert Johnson, so the story goes, met the devil at a crossroads, and the blues was born. Muddy Waters was raised in the same small town, as was Ike Turner, the man credited with writing the first rock’n’roll song, ‘Rocket 88’.

And it was in Memphis that an introverted, rather strange 19-year-old man picked up his battered guitar one summer’s night in 1954, sang an old blues number ‘That’s all right (Mama)’, and changed the world forever.

They say all roads lead to Memphis, and in Memphis all roads lead to Graceland, the home of that young man, Elvis Aron Presley.

Elvis bought the modest mansion in 1957, and he lived there until his sad, lonely death only 20 years later at the age of 42. It is now one of most visited historical houses in America, second only to the White House.

It is unexpectedly poignant. He had clearly tried to create a haven of peace here, a home where he and his family and friends could hide from the suffocating fame that eventually killed him. Even the vicious green shag-pile carpet in his infamous den seemed comforting.

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Growing up with the Beatles, then Bowie, I used to think Elvis Presley was an old-fashioned crooner, someone your auntie liked, a hillbilly rocker with greasy hair who starred in cheesy films.

I had no idea that before Elvis, blues music was played by black people, country by their white neighbours, and gospel by both, but never together.

I was blind to the fact that, before Elvis, radio stations and record labels, like everything in the south, were divided by colour.

It was Elvis, guided by the effervescent record producer Sam Phillips, who, as if by magic, merged the blues, country and gospel and created the soundtrack to the modern world.

He didn’t “steal” black music, as some have accused him. He absorbed it from an early age, growing up in poor neighbourhoods in Tupelo, then Memphis.

He lived and breathed rhythm and blues. He had soul. And a voice that Placido Domingo yearned for: “His was the one voice I wish to have had,” said the tenor.

Memphis is also home to Stax Records, the label that produced some of the best soul music of the 20th century.

Stax was home to legends like Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas and her father Rufus, Booker T and the MGs, and the almost mythical Otis Redding.

Otis died aged only 26 years old, when his plane crashed into a lake in Wisconsin. He had yet to finish his biggest hit, ‘Sittin’ on the Dock of a Bay’, but listening now the whistled verse seems an integral part of the classic record.

And his legacy lives on, even beyond the beautiful music he made. The annual Otis Music Camps provide young people with soul and music education, and his wife, Zelma is opening a charter school in his birthplace of Macon, Georgia, later this year.

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It aims to “empower students to maximise their full potential through integration of arts and academics”. Just as the Soulsville Charter school does in South Memphis. It is the legacy of Stax Records, which folded in 1975, and is now considered the best public school in the state.

These schools may never produce another Elvis or Otis, but that is not their aim. They want to create “well-rounded and well-prepared leaders for a world of tomorrow” – leaders with soul.

The man currently in charge of the country is creating a cacophony all of his own. Since Trump’s controversial meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday, the airwaves here have been jumping. Words like treason and traitor are being used by respected, usually measured, commentators to describe the President of the United States.

The former director of the CIA, John Brennan, was apoplectic at what he saw as his commander-in-chief’s betrayal, tweeting that Trump’s press conference with Putin was “nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

The country is in the midst of a nervous breakdown. Not even the soothing tones of the Reverend Al Green could calm it down just now.

But a few thousand miles away in sunny South Africa, a middle-aged, grey-haired African American got to his feet, and a familiar voice resonated across the oceans.

“Keep believing. Keep marching. Keep building. Keep raising your voice. Every generation has the opportunity to remake the world,” said President Barack Obama, in his speech to mark Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.

“We don’t just need one leader ... what we badly need is that collective spirit.

“Mandela said young people are capable when aroused of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom. Now is a good time to be aroused.”

Amen brother, amen.

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To general relief, the Spanish courts have abandoned pursuit of international arrest warrants for the ringleaders in the Catalan referendum, thereby sparing us months of martyred grandstanding.

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Our own resident fugitive, Carla Ponsati, can now decide of her own free will whether to continue doing whatever she does in St Andrews or return to face the music. As an academic, she had doubtless researched the legal implications of her political actions.

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Dr Ponsati’s president, Quim Torra, has been a recent visitor to Scotland and he was greeted effusively by Scotland’s First Minister – an appropriate encounter between the heads of two devolved governments. We have heard a lot recently about presidents who say bad things being unwelcome on our shores. So I was grateful to a Scotsman letter-writer for drawing attention to Mr Torra’s past utterances, prompting my own modest researches. In Mr Torra’s considered view, Catalonians who speak Spanish rather than Catalan are “scavengers, vipers, hyenas”, not to mention “beasts with human shape”. Spaniards “know only how to plunder” while immigration threatens that “the nation disintegrates like sugar in a glass of milk”.

Volumes more in the same vein prompted the leading Catalan anti-racism organisation to state: “We reject the discourse that Mr Torra has used repeatedly ... a dangerous, irresponsible and unacceptable discourse, based in prejudices.”

Ms Sturgeon has declared Dr Ponsati “a credit to Scotland”.

Perhaps she could earn this accolade by condemning the language and prejudices of her close colleague, Mr Torra. Meantime, we must watch which other charmers from Europe’s “civic nationalist” fringes will adorn Bute House, surrounded by saltires and silence despite the most obnoxious views.

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Eight people have been injured in an attack on a busy bus in the northern German city of Luebeck.

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A suspect has been arrested after the incident in the Kuecknitz district of the city, north-east of Hamburg.

Police spokesman Duerk Duerbrook said authorities are still trying to determine the circumstances of the attack.

Local daily Luebecker Nachrichten reported that a suspect had attacked passengers with a knife.

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The perpetrator is believed to have been apprehended, but not before 14 people were wounded, at least three of whom are believed to have suffered serious injuries.

State police tweeted: “Nobody was killed. The perpetrator was overpowered and is now in police custody.”

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At least 11 people including children have died after a boat carrying tourists on a Missouri lake capsized and sank, police said.

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Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were taken to hospital after a Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in Branson.

A spokeswoman for Cox Medical Centre said four adults and three children arrived at the hospital shortly after the incident. Two adults were in critical condition and the others were treated for minor injuries, Brandei Clifton said.

Mr Rader said stormy weather is believed to have caused the capsizing. Another duck boat made it safely back to shore.

Steve Lindenberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Springfield, Missouri, said the agency issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Branson area on Thursday evening, and winds reached speeds of more than 60mph.

“It’s a warning telling people to take shelter,” he said.

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Mr Rader said an off-duty police officer working security for the boat company helped rescue people after the accident.

Dive teams from a number of law enforcement agencies were assisting in the effort, but the sheriff said the divers had ended their search for the night.

The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that investigators will arrive on Friday morning.

Suzanne Smagala, of Ripley Entertainment, which owns Ride the Ducks in Branson, said the company was assisting authorities with the rescue effort. She added this was the Branson tour’s first accident in more than 40 years of operation.

Branson is about 200 miles south east of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists looking for entertainment ranging from theme parks to live music.

Duck boats, known for their ability to travel on land and in water, have been involved in other deadly incidents in the past. They include one in 2015 in Seattle in which five college students were killed when a boat collided with a bus, and one in 1999 that left 13 dead after the boat sank near Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Safety advocates have sought improvements to the boats since the Arkansas incident. Critics argued that part of the problem is numerous agencies regulate the boats with varying safety requirements.

Duck boats were originally used by the US military in the Second World War to transport troops and supplies, and were later modified for use as sightseeing vehicles.

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If your puppy makes a mess on your carpet and you shout “Bad dog”, there is a good chance that puppy’s ears will droop, his head will bow and he may even whimper.

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In other words, even a puppy acts ashamed when caught misbehaving. That is not true of Donald Trump. Day in and day out, he proves to us that he has no shame. We’ve never had a president with no shame — and it’s become a huge source of power for him and trouble for us.

And what makes Trump even more powerful and problematic is that this president with no shame is combined with a party with no spine and a major network with no integrity — save for a few real journalists at Fox News like the outstanding Chris Wallace.

When a president with no shame is backed by a party with no spine and a network with no integrity, you have two big problems.

First, there is no one inside his party or base who is going to sustainably stop Trump from being himself and doing whatever he bloody pleases. The Republican Party has completely lost its way. Don’t be fooled by the last-second tut-tutting of GOP senators about Trump’s kowtowing to Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and spurning of our intelligence agencies.

Until and unless the GOP-led Congress passes legislation that protects special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by Trump or enacts into law specific, deeper sanctions on Russia if it is ever again caught trying to tilt our elections — or secures Trump’s tax returns or the transcript of his two hours and 10 minutes of private conversation with Putin — it’s all just talk to cover the GOP’s behind.

Let Republicans in Congress do something hard and concrete that shows they love our country more than they fear Trump’s base and I’ll believe their words.

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The fact that Trump’s party and his network always look for ways to excuse him has been hugely liberating for Trump. He can actually deny he said things that were recorded — like his trashing of the British prime minister. He can take one side of any issue (like trashing key Nato allies to satisfy his base) and, when he gets blowback, take the other side (claim to love the Atlantic alliance). And he can declare that he really meant to ask why “wouldn’t” Russia be the one hacking us instead of why “would” it, as he did say. If you believe that last one, I have a bridge near the Kremlin I’d love to sell you.

“Hey, give him a break,” say Trump’s supporters, “there is a method to his madness.” And that is true. What they don’t admit, though, is that there is tremendous madness to Trump’s method. And then, there is just his sheer madness — ideas he holds that are ignorant gut impulses with no relation to science, math or history.

For instance, Trump is right: we do need to confront China on its trade restrictions, forced technology transfers and non-reciprocal trade arrangements. But then, look at the madness to his methods. How would you try to influence China on trade if you were thinking strategically?

For starters, you’d sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership, creating a free-trade alliance around American values, standards and interests, with 11 other Pacific economies, creating a trade agreement covering 40 percent of global GDP. Then you’d forgo ridiculous steel and aluminum tariffs on our European Union allies and sign them all up instead to join us in our efforts to curb China’s trade abuses, which the EU suffers from just as much as we do.

Then you’d go to the Chinese and say: “Let’s have secret negotiations — no one will lose face, we will present it publicly as win-win — but, just so you know, we will be coming at you with a global coalition of all your major trading partners and we will be focused on eliminating all your cheating on WTO rules and non-reciprocal trade shenanigans once and for all.”

Now that would get the attention of China — not a foolish trade war based on bilateral trade deficits. But what did Trump do with his method? Blow up TPP, blow up relations with the EU and confront China alone — an utterly mad method that I do not believe will produce the meaningful, sustainable trade realignment with China that we need.

And then there is the sheer madness. Threatening the UK that if it doesn’t do a full Brexit it will not get preferential trade treatment from Trump, calling the bloc a “foe” on trade, and sneering at the number of refugees it has admitted.

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Where do you start? The EU is the United States of Europe — the other great centre in the world of free markets, free people, liberty and democracy. It has kept the peace in Europe after a century of strife there — that dragged us into two world wars — and its economic growth as a trading partner has made both America and the EU steadily richer and more stable. It is sheer madness to believe that it is in US interests to see the European Union fracture!

The only way to change this situation is not by hoping the president develops some shame or that this version of the GOP develops some spine. It is by Democrats winning the House, the Senate or both in the midterm elections.

Only by dealing an electoral defeat to this version of the GOP in the midterms will we possibly get a healthy conservative party again (which we need) and curb Trump’s power.

Everything else is just words — and words without power change nothing.

© 2018 New York Times News Service

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The real threat of a catastrophic no-deal Brexit means it is time to form new alliances, writes Joyce McMillan.

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It was in 1940 that the great novelist and journalist George Orwell sat down to write the essay called My Country Right Or Left. In it, he described how, after the 1939 pact between the USSR and Germany, he realised there were only two options in relation to Nazism – to give in to it, or to stand and fight. And he added that he also knew this was partly a matter of patriotism; that for all his radical contempt for many actions of the British state, when his country took up arms against Hitler, then he would support it, and would have little patience for those on the left who advanced fancy reasons for not doing so.

And as Britain’s Brexit crisis deepens – and its links with the current lurch to the far-right across Europe and the United States become steadily clearer – it’s hard not to feel a certain sympathy with Orwell, and his journey to the point where he had to square his pacifist, socialist and anti-establishment principles with support for a new war. We are not, thank heavens, in anything like the position that Britain faced in 1940, with the UK in imminent danger of attack and invasion; although it is interesting how often extreme Brexiteers invoke that moment, in their ridiculous efforts to portray the EU as a new Third Reich.

We are, though, in a situation where those who want to combat the rising tide of racism, xenophobia, institutional collapse and jingoistic brutalism across the West now have to shape up, pick their side, and put an end to pointless disputes about who, among the opponents of Trump, Brexit and all that they bring in their wake, has the best claim to perfect political virtue. “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows,” says Shakespeare in The Tempest; and all our futures may depend on our ability to see that new times also demand new alliances, and a willingness to stop being distracted from the main task by increasingly irrelevant arguments.

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At the moment, these irrelevant arguments tend to come in three sorts. The first is the noisy disaffection of some still nominally on the left, who have clearly now, for all effective purposes, changed sides. This group includes Labour “rebels” like Kate Hoey, who on Monday evening voted at Westminster to support a Government Customs Bill which included the wrecking amendments put down by the far-right European Reform Group. The second kind of irrelevant argument has to do with traditional party structures and divisions, which are surely now being rendered obsolete by the new political landscape that has evolved since 2016. This week in the Commons, for example, the outstanding speech attacking the idea of a no-deal Brexit from the left was made by the Tory MP Anna Soubry, who accused “people on these benches with gold-plated pensions and inherited wealth” of thinking the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs a “price worth paying” for a no-deal Brexit.

Yet although at least half of the parliamentary Conservative Party probably agreed with her, only 14 voted against the Government on Monday night; nor have the other Westminster parties who would prefer a soft Brexit to a hard Brexit, or to the no-deal catastrophe now threatening the UK, managed to put together a working alliance with Tory Remainers that could defeat the hard Brexit option – not least because Labour, the biggest opposition party, is both confused about its own position, and unwilling to talk to the SNP, the third largest party. The persistence of these tribal divisions is a disgrace, given the scale of the crisis we now face. And that observation also goes for those SNP purists who think that the party should refuse to co-operate with other soft Brexiteers at Westminster, in the forlorn hope that a hard Brexit crisis will finally deliver Scottish independence, when in fact, history shows that a catastrophic blow to the Scottish economy, caused by a no-deal Brexit, is more likely to set back the cause of independence by decades. And the third and most insidious form of increasingly irrelevant argument is the one on the left about whose fault all this is; the “Obama was as bad as Trump” line, which suggests that Trump simply does in plain sight what Obama – or Hillary Clinton, or any other centre-left hate-figure – did under a veil of “liberal” hypocrisy. Yet even if we accept the evidently false proposition that Trump’s actions are no worse than Obama’s, there is still a major difference between politicians who try to downplay such acts, and politicians who advocate an ideology that actually glorifies them. In particular, there is a difference between politicians who do wrong, but leave in place the institutions that might hold them to account, and politicians whose entire project involves seeking to discredit and destroy those institutions, as both Trump and the Brexiteers do; encouraging their supporters to reject the views of parliament, judges, the media, expert opinion, and international bodies, and to dismiss those people as “enemies” or “traitors” whenever they contradict their own myth-based prejudices.

And very soon, now, everyone on the British left, from Nicola Sturgeon and Jeremy Corbyn to the most unassuming activist, will have to decide which side they are on. They will have to choose between the flawed but hard-won institutions of democracy and international co-operation, which at least give us a chance of winning a better future by peaceful means; and the forces of destabilisation and destruction which may finally produce a victor on one side or other, but which always destroy millions in the process. It’s not the choice any of us wanted, any more than Orwell wanted the choice he faced, back in 1939.

Yet if we fail to choose wisely, to make new alliances, and to step up to the mark in the coming political battle, then there will be victims; and not, of course, among the Trumps and Boris Johnsons who deliberately unleash political and economic chaos, but among the vulnerable, the ordinary and the less well off, who always pay the highest price for any great crisis, and have the smallest chance of reaping any benefit at all.

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Donald Trump may pose a threat to Western democracy as we know it, but he will not triumph, writes Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

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Donald Trump has merited plenty of commentary over the first year and a half of his tenure in the White House. At the end of another bizarre and newsworthy week for the President, we must now add desperate – and dangerous – sycophancy to the lengthening charge sheet he faces.

That is the only conclusion after watching his astonishing performance in Helsinki on Monday following his summit with Vladimir Putin. As the Russian president looked impassively on in appreciation, the US president’s obsequious performance ironically brought to mind one of the nervous ‘apprentices’ who Mr Trump used to enjoy schooling when, prior to becoming the leader of the free world, he made his money as a celebrity in the American version of the TV show.

Here was the President of the United States fawning over a Russian hardman. The impression gained was of a figure desperate to obtain a measure of acceptance and praise from his new friend.

The press conference confirmed that Mr Trump believes protecting his own reputation – and the legitimacy of his 2016 election victory – is more important than investigating Russia’s attempts to wreck America’s democratic process. Astonishingly, it revealed he is prepared to sell out his own intelligence agencies – and exonerate Putin – in his attempt to do so. As ever, Trump tried to backtrack later and blame others when he saw the scale of the outrage at his performance. But the damage had been done.

Senator John McCain – a politician who knows the meaning of public sacrifice and the vital importance of our stand against men like Putin – put it brutally thus: the Helsinki press conference was, he said, “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naivete, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate”. Hear, hear.

Sometimes you get to know much about a man by the company he lauds. Four years ago, it was Alex Salmond who stated his admiration for Putin’s effectiveness, adding: “He’s restored a substantial part of Russian pride and that must be a good thing.” This week Salmond was reprimanded by Ofcom for misleading viewers after reading out ‘audience’ tweets on his RT show which turned out to be written by staff, echoing Putin’s disinformation campaign.

This week, it was Trump’s turn to declare he trusted Putin more than his own people, his security and intelligence agencies, and his allies. Nothing attracts a wannabe strong man, it seems, than thuggish strength. And, in the case of both the former First Minister and current US president, Putin has – sadly – succeeded in that task.

READ MORE: Election meddling: Donald Trump sides with Russia against FBI

To put Mr Trump’s appalling performance in context, it is worth just reminding ourselves of just some of Putin’s record in power. He has annexed Crimea, his proxies have shot down a civilian airliner, and he has supported the Syrian government as it has ruthlessly murdered its own people. In 2016, US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia was behind efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the US election with state-authorised cyber attacks and fake news stories. Meanwhile no credible explanation exists other than that Russia was responsible for the poisoning on British soil of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury earlier this year. Nor is there a credible counter-narrative as to who was behind the death of a British national, Dawn Sturgess, on British soil last week – killed by Novichok poisoning.

Putin’s regime is a government that is contemptuous of international law and our democratic way of life. Yet, for the President of the United States, it is the European Union which is now to be deemed a “foe”, while Putin is America’s new best pal.

As Senator McCain remarked, to draw moral equivalence between a nation such as the USA, with its checks and balances on power, its history, and its traditions, and Putin’s Russia is as offensive as it is unbelievable. Where does all this end? The press conference will undoubtedly add to the growing fears of those who believe Mr Trump’s presidency heralds the end of the rules-based system of Western democratic norms. The America of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has fallen, they say, and the rest of us are all about to follow.

I beg to disagree. Mr Trump and Mr Putin’s cynical two-step this week may have delivered a cold chill to disturb this searing summer – and there is little doubt that the alliances which we have taken for granted in our lifetime are in crisis.

READ MORE: Leader comment: A denunciation of Donald Trump

But we should continue to hope and believe in those who fight against the casual disposal of decades of earned freedoms that was witnessed this week. Mr McCain’s brave words – plus the condemnation from numerous congressmen and senators, both Democrat and Republican – show that American’s values are far from broken or forgotten in the corridors of power. And we should remember that Mr Trump’s narrow vision of America – blustering, boastful and bullying – simply doesn’t relate to the reality.

Last night, guests in Edinburgh had the good fortune to listen to Michelle Obama speak at a dinner hosted by Sir Tom Hunter. Two months ago, Bill Gates visited the Roslin Institute which is supporting the work of his foundation in tackling malnutrition in Africa. Next month, artists, comedians, musicians and cultural figures will pack out the capital’s venues in the biggest festival of creative endeavour on the planet. Mr Trump wants to have us believe there is only one America – his. He is wrong – and we should never forget it.

America does not conform to Mr Trump’s small and insular vision of it, nor does it have need of being made great again: it is already a hotbed of intellectual, cultural and technological greatness.

When I was in the reserve forces, I was always taught to salute the rank, not the person wearing it – that the position of General or Captain or Lieutenant endured beyond the man donning the rank-slide.

So it is with the Office of the President of the United States. The office – and national leadership it symbolises – continues irrespective of the character of the inhabitant of the White House.

Let’s not inflate Mr Trump’s ego even more by fearing him too much. Let’s instead remember that our values and our way of life are always stronger than one man, alone. And that while leaders all eventually recede into history, nations and alliances endure.

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The US President’s tortured explanation of his Helsinki blunder – which prompted accusations that he had acted in a treasonous way – does not bode well, writes Tom Peterkin.

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So that’s it sorted out then. Donald Trump seems to think so at least.

The US President has explained that when he sided with America’s Cold War enemy over his own intelligence services, he was doing nothing of the sort.

According to Mr Trump, he simply “mis-spoke” when – in the full glare of the media – he dealt with allegations of Russian meddling in the US elections by taking the word of Vladimir Putin above that of his own security people.

Mr Trump’s refusal to endorse his own spy chiefs’ assessment that the Kremlin had interfered in the US democratic process and his acceptance of Mr Putin’s denial was – apparently – nothing more than a misunderstanding. Even by Mr Trump’s own lamentable standards this “explanation” of the terrible mess he got himself into during the Helsinki summit was remarkable in its comic clumsiness.

Mr Trump’s ham-fisted attempt to reverse ferret following his press conference with Mr Putin was a desperate effort to regain credibility as he faced furious claims of treason at home.

Displaying chutzpah of quite breath-taking proportions, he brushed off his inflammatory remarks with a tortured “clarification”. He claimed he had got the words “would and “wouldn’t” mixed up when he said he didn’t see any reason why it would be Russia that interferred in the election. Reading from a typed script, the President said what he should have said was “I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia (who meddled in the election) – sort of a double negative”.

It was as clear as mud.

READ MORE: Donald Trump backtracks over Russia interference comment

Imagine if Mr Trump’s “mis-speaking” excuse and typed verbal formula were copied by others in less exalted positions when they attempted to extricate themselves from tricky situations.

“I have reviewed an answer that I gave you this morning and I realise there is a need for some clarification,” a husband might say to his wife of an evening.

“It should have been obvious. I thought it would be obvious. But I would like to clarify just in case it was not.”

“What are you talking about, dear?”

“In a key sentence in my remarks this morning I said `would’ instead of `wouldn’t’. When I said I `would’ stay at home and help with the kids tonight what I meant was that I ‘wouldn’t’ and would be going to the pub after all.”

“But you promised...”

“Just to repeat it. I said the word `would’ instead of `wouldn’t’. I thought maybe what I said was perhaps a little unclear. The sentence should have been: ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t go to the pub’ – sort of a double negative. I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.”

“No, it bloody well does not!” would be the entirely justifiable response of any self-respecting wife.

Just as an errant husband’s snivelling attempt to get out of domestic duties to go drinking would get short shrift, so will Mr Trump’s desperate back-tracking. Some have speculated that Mr Trump’s background in business and deal-making has produced a bombastic style which has proved so ill-suited to the complexities of international affairs. Amateur psychologists have theorised that Mr Trump prefers to hobnob with alpha males than get bogged down with the crucial diplomatic detail. Whatever the reason for his blind-spots, they are creating chaos. In the run-up to the Finnish fiasco, Mr Trump had run amok in the UK. He didn’t quite say that Theresa May’s Brexit deal had enough fudge to put Willy Wonka out of business, but he might as well have. His blunt assessment that Mrs May’s Brexit vision would probably kill off a trade deal with the US in a Sun newspaper interview totally overshadowed efforts to strengthen the special relationship.

READ MORE: Donald Trump’s Turnberry firm paid £50,000 by US Government for weekend visit

Having prepared for the Helsinki Summit with a golfing regime that put Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to shame, more chaos was to ensue, leading to his garbled “clarification” from the White House on Tuesday.

Compounding Mr Trump’s problems is the fact that his back-tracking fails to undo the damage, because it is invariably half-hearted.

So it was that when Mr Trump said sorry to the Prime Minister for his remarks about Brexit. He appeared to apologise for the way the Sun interview was presented rather than what he actually said.

“When I saw her (Mrs May) this morning, I said, ‘I want to apologise, because I said such good things about you’,” were Mr Trump’s words. Similarly, when he dealt with the fallout from Helsinki, his declaration that he had “full faith” in his intelligence agencies left room for ambiguity.

His statement was supposed to be fulsome in its support of the US security agencies, but he was unable to resist qualifying it.

“Russia’s actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election. I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” the President said, before adding: “Could have been other people also.”

The events of the last few days have added to the disturbing body of evidence that demonstrates Mr Trump has a gift for bringing discord where there are hopes of harmony.

This unhappy knack may provide a dose of entertaining political slapstick and the President’s opponents will take some heart from the damage to his credibility. But given the febrile state of international relations, the world deserves better.

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The Thai footballers who were rescued from a flooded cave in a daring international operation after being trapped for more than two weeks have now left hospital.

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The 12 boys and their football coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand appeared at a news conference today, entering to applause from the media and classmates.

The boys put on a quick demonstration of their skills in a special miniature football field set up in the hall in Chiang Rai where the conference took place.

They then hugged their friends before taking seats alongside doctors and others who helped them during their ordeal.

Medics took the first two questions, and said the 13 were healthy in body and mind.

Doctors added that the boys gained around 6.6lbs on average since they were rescued from the cave last week.

They were said to have lost an average of 9lbs during the 18 days they were trapped in the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai.

READ MORE: Thai boys shown recovering in hospital after ‘miracle’ rescue

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Billionaire Elon Musk has apologised to a British expat who helped with the rescue of 12 schoolboys trapped in a cave in Thailand after calling him “pedo guy”.

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The Twitter comment came amid a spat between Mr Musk and Vern Unsworth, a diver who had claimed the Tesla founder’s offers to help save the children were a “PR stunt”.

Mr Unsworth said he was considering legal action, while some investors in Mr Musk’s company had demanded an apology.

On Wednesday morning, Mr Musk responded to a Twitter user who had shared an article about the dispute, saying: “As this well-written article suggests, my words were spoken in anger after Mr Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader.

“Nonetheless, his actions against me do not justify my actions against him, and for that I apologise to Mr Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone.”

READ MORE: Thai Cave rescue described as ‘one of the greatest in history’

Mr Unsworth, a Briton living in Thailand, had experience of the caves where the boys became stuck, and was part of the lengthy and complex rescue operation.

When Mr Musk offered his help, posting videos online demonstrating how “a tiny, kid-size submarine” could be used to save those stranded, Mr Unsworth branded it a “PR stunt” and said the businessman could “stick his submarine where it hurts”.

In screenshots of a now-deleted tweet from Mr Musk’s verified account at the weekend, he said he would make a video of his mini-submarine going into the caves, adding: “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it”.

Responding to the tweet, Mr Unsworth told Australia’s 7 News: “It’s not finished. I believe he has called me a paedophile.”

All 12 boys and their football coach were rescued over the course of three days earlier this month after an operation that lasted more than two weeks and captured global interest.

The group had entered the underground network in Chiang Rai province for exploration on June 23 before it became flooded by monsoon rains.

Their rescue was particularly treacherous because the boys, aged 11 to 16, had to swim through tight spaces despite having no previous diving experience.

Several British elite divers flew to the region to help with the rescue at the request of Thai authorities.

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Donald Trump’s Turnberry firm was paid more than £50,000 by his own government to cover the accommodation bill for his weekend stay at his loss-making resort, The Scotsman can reveal.

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US federal government spending records seen by this newspaper show a series of payments worth a total of £52,477 were made by the State Department to SLC Turnberry Limited, the company behind the South Ayrshire hotel and golf course.

The five-figure windfall, which represents the first example of how Mr Trump’s firm was paid for his contentious working visit to the UK, has been condemned by ethics watchdogs, with one group accusing the 72-year-old of “using the power and authority of his office to profit personally”.

READ MORE: Martyn McLaughlin: Media must cover Trump with purpose and aggression

The US taxpayers’ money went towards hotel rooms used by Mr Trump and his staff during his two-night stay at Turnberry, which the president said would be dominated by meetings and calls. He ended up playing two rounds of golf at the historic course.

Along with his son, Eric, Mr Trump was joined at Turnberry by several high-ranking officials, including John Kelly, his White House chief of staff, Sarah Sanders, his press secretary, and Dan Scavino, his director of social media.

Documentation of the transactions show that the payments were made in two tranches.

READ MORE: Donald Trump’s Scottish resort paid by US taxpayers for ‘VIP visit’

The first, for $30,074 (£22,653), was made on 11 July. A purchase order, part of US federal government spending logs, shows the money was for “hotel rooms” for a “VIP visit” and was paid to a “foreign-owned business not incorporated in the US.”

The paperwork goes on to the identify the direct recipient as SLC Turnberry, which is registered in the UK with Companies House. Its directors include Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

The second tranche, worth up to $39,602 (£29,824), was approved on 10 July. It too was for hotel accommodation at Turnberry.

There is no breakdown of the costs, but room rates at Turnberry range from £132 a night for a basic suite through to around £7,000 for the luxury two-bedroom lighthouse suite. Two sources at Turnberry told The Scotsman Eric Trump stayed at the lighthouse suite over the weekend.

The direct payment of federal funds to Mr Trump’s flagship Scottish company has reignited the row over his refusal to divest ownership of his businesses.

Brendan Fischer, director of federal reform at the Campaign Legal Centre, a Washington DC-based non-partisan political watchdog, said: “This is another example of President Trump using the power and authority of his office to profit personally. President Trump not only used the occasion of a state visit to promote his Trump-branded golf course, but told US taxpayers to foot the bill.”

In the aftermath of his election win, Mr Trump vowed to hand control of his businesses to his children. Along with his daughter, Ivanka, now a senior White House adviser, he resigned his directorship of SLC Turnberry on 19 January 2017.

However, its parent company, Golf Recreation Scotland, remains wholly owned by Mr Trump via an entity known as the Donald J Trump Revocable Trust, a New York-based state grantor trust.

It is not the first time that Turnberry – which ran up £17.6m in losses in 2016 – has received money from Mr Trump’s government.

In May, The Scotsman revealed how the State Department paid SLC Turnberry more than £5,600 for hotel rooms for another “VIP visit.” Purchase orders showed that an initial payment of $10,113 (£7,447) was transferred to SLC Turnberry on 5 April. Some $2,444 (£1,799) was returned by the State Department on 26 April.

READ MORE: Donald Trump’s failed attempts to buy landmark St Andrews hotel

It is unclear whether the latest £52,477 payments cover the entirety of the US government’s bill for Mr Trump’s Turnberry stay, which saw a sizeable Secret Service contingent accompany the president’s party.

Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organisation in Washington DC, said that based on past presidential foreign trips, Turnberry was in line to receive around $200,000 (£152,000).

Stephen Gethins MP, the SNP’s foreign affairs spokesman, said: “Not for the first time Donald Trump has serious questions to answer over the conflation of his business interests with his role as president. More worryingly for people in Scotland is the huge multi-million pound cost of Donald Trump’s unwelcome visit, which will be covered at the expense of UK taxpayers.

“President Trump’s visit was not only hugely embarrassing for Theresa May, but it also underlines exactly why so many people object to his abhorrent policies and are deeply concerned about the damage of a Tory-Trump Brexit trade deal.”

A spokeswoman for the State Department said it frequently assists other US agencies in making hotel bookings overseas. It said the costs are borne by the other agencies.

George Sorial, executive vice president and chief compliance counsel for the Trump Organisation, said: “For United States government patronage, our hotels charge room rates only at cost and we do not profit from these stays.”

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The chaotic presidency of Donald Trump requires focused, impactful reporting, writes Martyn McLaughlin.

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There have been times when the swirl of chaos whipped up by the Trump administration has sent the fourth estate into a tailspin, forcing journalists to chase a succession of disparate, ever-shifting controversies, while responding to the daily diet of wrath, misdirection, and fabrication served up by the US president on social media.

It has, for the most part, been a breathless, thankless task, akin to trying to complete a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle during an earthquake. Yet of late, a new-found resolve has been evident, none more so than in the aftermath of Mr Trump’s extraordinarily obsequious display in Helsinki by Vladmir Putin’s side on Monday evening.

Less than halfway into Mr Trump’s term, the focus of the press is sharpening and its vigour seems renewed. As Margaret Sullivan, a media columnist with The Washington Post, astutely put it, the future coverage of however long Mr Trump has left in office will require not only clarity, but “moral force”. Reporting the Trump administration requires fairness, but it demands aggression.

This instructive observation may have been intended by Ms Sullivan as a clarion call to her US colleagues, but it ought to apply equally here in Scotland, where two of Mr Trump’s most prestigious overseas resorts – Trump Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links – are based.

In the grand scheme of the Trump Organisation’s sprawling, opaque global portfolio, that might seem like a peripheral presence, but this is not about putting a kilt on a global story. Increasingly, Mr Trump’s Scottish interests appear important when it comes to assessing the bigger picture of his finances and the spectre of Russia.

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For several months now, I have been investigating the 72-year-old’s business dealings and financial arrangements in Scotland. The majority of the coverage has dwelt on how Mr Trump’s entities here are benefiting financially from his own government; in today’s Scotsman, for example, I have a story revealing how the US State Department paid his Turnberry firm more than £50,000 in connection with his three-day working visit to the UK.

In past presidencies, such a revelation about the commander-in-chief might well have been seized upon as a major scandal. But in the Trump maelstrom, where political norms and conventions have been torn asunder, they register as ripples at best.

But it is vital to document these little outrages for two reasons: firstly, they raise legitimate questions about the ethics of Mr Trump’s ability to enrich his business empire via his presidency; secondly, who knows where they might eventually lead?

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Only last week, the estimable New Yorker magazine unveiled a new, regular column, entitled the Swamp Chronicles, devoted to tracking the money trail of Mr Trump’s administration and businesses, in much the same way as David Fahrenthold has been doing for The Washington Post.

In its inaugural edition, the journalist, Adam Davidson, raised several prescient questions about how – and why – Mr Trump has ploughed vast sums of money into Turnberry, which has, as we well know, yet to return a profit.

Pointing out that there was no way of knowing where Mr Trump and the Trump Organisation secured the money to purchase and refurbish the South Ayrshire hotel and golf course, Mr Davidson noted: “Although we cannot say that Trump himself knowingly engaged in money laundering, we do know with certainty that much of his business in the past decade was in the industries most known for money laundering, in the locations most conducive to money laundering, and with people who bear the key hallmarks of money launderers.”

The issue of where the money came from for Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links is a key to an unknown lock, and to see it raised with such forcefulness and vim is refreshing.

As Mr Davidson’s article concedes, there is much work still to be done. The fact is that while we have a considerable understanding of the dire financial performance of Mr Trump’s businesses in Scotland thanks to the relative transparency of Companies House records, the entities registered in the UK form part of a byzantine corporate network about which very little is known.

In recent weeks, I have been piecing together the array of interrelated limited liability companies (LLCs) behind Turnberry and Trump International Golf Links.

They include Trump Scotland Member Inc, incorporated in the US state of Delaware on 1 March 2006, and Scotland Acquisitions LLC, set up in Delaware three weeks later. Or then there is Turnberry Scotland Managing Member Corp and Turnberry Scotland LLC, both of which were incorporated in Delaware on 9 April 2014. Is Mr Trump the sole party behind these entities, or are there other actors? It is, for the moment, impossible to know.

In Delaware, a tax haven in the heart of one of the world’s biggest democracies, there is no requirement for LLCs to publish financial information or disclose the identity of their partners. And if an LLC is sued, the personal assets of the individual partners are not at risk. It is, in short, a way of conducting clandestine business affairs while operating inside the law.

The paper trail, for the moment at least, has reached a dead end, but the media’s strategy must remain the same: follow the money.

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US President Donald Trump has said he meant the opposite when he said in Helsinki that he does not see why Russia would have interfered in the 2016 US election.

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Back at the White House on Tuesday, the president told reporters that he said he meant he does not see why Russia “wouldn’t” be responsible.

He also said he accepts the American intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia interfered in the election, but he denied that his campaign had colluded in the effort.

Mr Trump spoke a day after returning to the US to nearly universal condemnation of his performance at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s side in Helsinki.

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Mr Putin said he wanted Mr Trump to win the race against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

In Helsinki, Mr Trump delivered no condemnation of Russia’s interference and refused to say he believes American intelligence agencies over Russia’s denials of meddling.

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The President came, saw, sparked massive protests across the UK – and played a lot of golf, writes Ian Swanson.

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PEACEFUL protests throughout Donald Trump’s four-day visit to the UK sent a clear message that his policies and attitudes – on women, migrants, racism, climate change and a host of other issues – are abhorrent and unacceptable.

And that message did get through. President Trump admitted, after hearing about the “Trump Baby” blimp, that he felt “unwelcome” in London. If he took time to look at TV or social media in between his rounds of golf at Turnberry and saw the protesting crowds, he will know that went for Edinburgh and the rest of the country too.

Just the fact his itinerary had to be planned to avoid anywhere that crowds could easily gather speaks volumes about how low this US president is held in public opinion.

Of course world leaders have little option but to deal with Mr Trump. But it was a mistake for Theresa May to issue the invitation for a state visit when she became the first overseas leader to visit him after his inauguration 18 months ago.

This trip was designated as a working visit rather than an official state one. And it remains to be seen whether dinner at Blenheim Palace, tea with the Queen at Windsor and the meeting with Mrs May at Chequers were enough to satisfy his appetite for historic grandeur or whether it just left him with a taste for more British pomp and circumstance and we will still have to endure the lavish embarrassment of that promised state visit.

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The reason for Mrs May’s rush to offer such a visit was the desperate hope that a favourable post-Brexit trade deal with the US would prove how the UK can succeed outside the EU.

Despite his “America first” mantra, the president initially indicated he was ready to help and would be keen to reach a good deal with the UK. Brexiteers made much of the transatlantic trade prospects.

But in his extraordinary Sun interview, timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr Trump trashed Mrs May’s Brexit blueprint – hammered out at Chequers a week earlier – saying it would kill any trade deal with the US. And although he appeared to row back from that assertion at an excruciatingly awkward press conference with Mrs May in the Chequers garden, the episode underlines the folly of relying for the country’s future prosperity on the whim of a president who changes his mind by the minute.

Mrs May was already having trouble – she claimed her Chequers agreement on the Brexit way forward had united the cabinet, only for Brexit Secretary David Davies to resign two days later, followed by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

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Mr Trump’s interview comments that he had given Mrs May advice on how to handle the EU which she ignored – we now know that was “sue them” – and that Boris Johnson would make a great prime minister did nothing to help the beleaguered PM.

Meanwhile, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon admitted to being “a wee bit tickled” by reports that President Trump “hates her” and spends time “bitching” about her to Mrs May.

Ms Sturgeon said: “If it is true, I suppose I should take it as a compliment, I certainly don’t spend that much time talking about him.”

Mr Trump likes to talk of his Scottish roots but his dislike of the First Minister and all those protesters may put him off another visit – unless he just wants to play more golf.

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France’s victorious World Cup team returned home from Russia to a red carpet welcome ahead of a victory parade in Paris last night.

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Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris, brandishing the golden trophy, and coach Didier Deschamps led the team from the Air France plane to the tarmac at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Airport personnel and French sports minister Laura Flessel, a former champion fencer, were the first to tell them “merci” on behalf of a grateful nation sorely in need of a boost.

“Eternal Happiness” read yesterday’s headline in French sports daily L’Equipe, summing up the mood of many who hope the euphoria will last for months – even years.

The team was expected to take a victory lap down the grand Champs-Elysees, the grand Paris avenue where hundreds of thousands thronged after France’s 4-2 victory on Sunday night over Croatia to capture the trophy for the second time.

For a third day in a row, the avenue was transformed into a boulevard of pride and happiness following a Bastille Day parade of French military might on Saturday that, in hindsight, was a preview for the elation of France’s World Cup win.

The team’s appearance on the Champs-Elysees will be followed by a reception at the presidential palace.

Hundreds of guests, including people from clubs connected to the French players, were invited. A club in the poor suburb where 19-year-old star player Kylian Mbappe grew up is among them.

Several Paris Metro stations were temporarily adjusting their names to honour the team and its members, the transport authority tweeted. The Champs-Elysees Clemenceau has become the Deschamps-Elysees Clemenceau to honour Deschamps.

The Etoile station is, for now, “On a 2 Etoiles” (We have 2 stars), to denote France’s second World Cup, 20 years after Zinedine Zidane and Deschamps himself led Les Bleus to a 3-0 win over Brazil on home soil.

The Victor Hugo station is now Victor Hugo Lloris, after France’s goalkeeper and team captain.

Celebrations were spread across the nation, and among the still-dazed French players themselves.

“We are linked for life now with this cup,” defender Raphael Varane told BFM-TV yesterday before departing from Moscow.

French president Emmanuel Macron exulted in the presidential box in Moscow and on the pitch after the game, hugging players as they received their medals even as the heavens opened and heavy rain fell on the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Mr Macron clearly hoped the World Cup glow would give him a boost in a nation where his economic reforms have drawn fierce protests.

It was the players, though, who captured the French imagination. The mostly youthful, diverse team represents a generation with which traditionalists have yet to come to terms.

Despite the general euphoria, celebrations in France can often end up with a spate of violence by troublemakers, and Sunday was no exception.

Broken shop windows, looting and other destruction affected a section of the Champs-Elysees, the postgame site for revellers. Riot police used water cannon and tear gas to end the violence.

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People often ask me why we haven’t seen a sharper rise in far-right activity north of the Border, and I always tell them the same thing: it’s because we have a very robust spoken-word poetry community.

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It occurred to me to make that joke at the recent Trump rally in Glasgow – at which I performed – but then I remembered, jokes at the expense of the left are no laughing matter.

And, when it comes to Trump, the sensitiviites are understandable and justified. Trump is a man who fired the starting gun of his presidential campaign by conflating Mexican immigrants with rapists. In that now infamous press conference, he gave a green light to every possible variant of knuckle-dragger that it was safe to come out from under their rocks, as the whole idea of ‘Making America Great Again’ became a by-phrase for making it whiter.

Under the guidance of a certain Steve Bannon, this political slight-of-hand became the mechanism by which blame for the excesses of unfettered capitalism could be pinned on those very people for whom its toxic effects are most acute. Trump’s campaign was about deflecting responsibility for an economic model which favours the billionaire class onto some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the United States. African nations were described as “s***holes”, jovial admissions of his sexually predatory behaviour were laughed off as “locker-room” banter and Trump even managed to mock a reporter with disabilities. But these malignant stupidities were just the iceberg’s tip.

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For now, let’s set aside the political dimension of Trumpism, the race-baiting and the conducting of US foreign policy on Twitter. Let’s park the fact that US withdrawal from the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change – signed by nearly 200 countries to try and address global warming – is regarded by Trump as an achievement. And let’s pass over his beta-male slavishness to genuine Bond villains like Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin and his ill-fated executive order to pull up the drawbridge for people entering the States from a handful of majority Muslim nations.

Let’s forget about all of that and consider the primary reason Trump now sits in the Oval Office: his car-crash personality, from which even his most impassioned haters cannot avert their eyes. His madness is magnetic, his incoherence legendary. These personality traits made him an American celebrity, launched him into the presidential race and sustained his campaign. They are why he received more media attention than probably any candidate in political history.

Trump has famously admitted to never having a drink, citing his brother Freddy’s death from alcoholism as a powerful example of the harm this merciless condition can do. To my shame – and I recognise this may offend – sometimes I wish Trump would lift a drink. Not because I want him to die, or even to suffer, but because a quick descent into alcoholism might be the only thing that could humble a man of such apocalyptic grandiosity.

A common misunderstanding of alcoholism is that its effects are only present in the sufferer while they are drinking – that all a drunk must do is abstain and the problem is solved. In truth, addictive, compulsive behaviour is often triggered, not necessarily by lifting a drink, but by a certain personality type that becomes overwhelmed by the unmanageability it endlessly manufactures. A specific configuration of frailties and defects that most alcoholics share creates the kind of discord for which chemical relief becomes a temporary solution. Self-centredness, self-pity, resentment, grandiosity, a hyper-sensitive victim complex and a mindless pursuit of fleeting gratification become the combustible engine of our reactionary personalities. You don’t have to drink to suffer from alcoholism.

In this context, alcoholism is simply one of many words or phrases that describe conditions of mind, body and spirit which, if untreated, may embroil the sufferer in a torrent of emotional and psychological chaos. This unmanageability becomes the factory setting to which we return, sometimes because of adversity, sometimes through trauma or sometimes by sheer genetic or environmental chance.

People like me are the lucky ones. We turn to alcohol and drugs as a solution to our pain and become so battered and bruised – hurting so many others in the process – that we have no choice but to look those very defects of character in the eye. Failure to do so inevitably leads to relapse.

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Many mental health professionals have speculated about Trump’s disordered personality. I’m not qualified to offer anything but an opinion. However, from where I’m sitting, Donald Trump could do with getting some recovery into his life. He bears the hallmarks of an obsessive, self-seeking, deeply vulnerable, spiritually disfigured human being, whose personality is so transfixingly unbearable that he’s managed to become the most powerful man in the world – because we can’t take our eyes off him.

Perhaps he reflects something back at us to which we could pay closer attention? For me, Trump is a mirror, a mirror in which I see clearly the kind of man I am capable of being should I become unvigilant in the face of my glaring absurdities.

At the Trump rally, I couldn’t offer any morally righteous insight. For it would have been deeply hypocritical. I just told the crowd that observing Trump’s behaviour made me want to be a better man. Drunk and sober, I’ve behaved poorly. I’ve lied to people to preserve a false self-image. I’ve mistreated those I love, whether family, friends or partners in relationships. I’ve engaged in ‘locker-room banter’ and co-signed misogynistic and racist “jokes”. For me to get up on stage and pretend I’m some paragon of virtue would be to engage in the very hubristic nonsense for which ‘The Donald’ is infamous.

I did all those things, without a modicum of self-awareness, because the ego I constructed to fortify my demoralising insecurities was so huge that when it came time to hear a bit of sobering truth, I was ill-equipped to take incoming calls. I wonder how many people, at these rallies across the country, are pondering similarly uncomfortable truths about themselves?

So, by all means, let’s condemn this man for his toxic rhetoric, his racism, misogyny and a political agenda that may change our world beyond all recognition. But if the personal is political, let us not lose sight of the excruciatingly inconvenient fact that Trump’s chaotic inner-world, despite his immensely visible power, wealth and success, is no more than an extreme example of that monster that dwells within all of us, should we become blind to the light of the truth of ourselves.

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Donald Trump has sided with Vladimir Putin against his own intelligence agencies by denying Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

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At a summit between the two leaders in Helsinki yesterday, Mr Trump said the Russian collusion investigation has been a “disaster” for the United States and has kept the two countries “separated”.

He reiterated there had been “no collusion” and that he ran a “clean campaign” and beat his Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton “easily”.

The American president said it is a “shame” there is a cloud over his administration, but said he ran a “brilliant campaign and that’s why I’m president”. Mr Putin said the “so-called Russian interference” was brought up by Mr Trump.

He said: “The Russian state never interfered, and does not plan to interfere in internal American electoral process.”

Mr Putin said of the collusion claims that there is “no evidence when it comes to the actual facts”. The Russian president made an “incredible offer” to allow Russian and US investigators to work together on allegations of Russian cyber attacks, Mr Trump said.

He added that Mr Putin suggested the US should provide its intelligence to the Russian military so Russia can determine the truth of what happened.

Mr Trump said he has “great confidence” in his intelligence agencies who have concluded Russia interfered in the election.

But the US president said Mr Putin was “incredibly strong and powerful today” in his contention that Russia had nothing to do with election interference.

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The Russian president also rejected allegations that Moscow has collected compromising material on Mr Trump or his family.

Dismissing the claims as “sheer nonsense”, Mr Putin said he had not been aware of Mr Trump’s visit to Moscow a few years before his 2016 election.

The former KGB agent scoffed at the notion that the Russian security services try to gather incriminating materials on business figures, saying: “Do you really believe that we try to shadow every businessman?”

In general, the Russian leader said, the talks with Mr Trump took place in an “open and businesslike atmosphere” and he characterised them as “successful and useful”.

Mr Trump told the press conference that the US and Russia must find ways to “co-operate in pursuit of shared interests”. The US leader said a productive dialogue between America and Russia is good for both countries and “is good for the world”.

Mr Trump added they had discussed disagreements between their countries “at length”, and accepted that relations between them have never been worse.

However, Mr Trump added that he thinks “that changed as of about four hours ago”.

He said he is sure that he and Mr Putin will meet again often in the future.

Mr Trump confirmed that he addressed meddling by Russia in the 2016 US election with his Russian opposite number, but the US leader is not condemning Moscow’s conduct publicly.

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He said his message was “best delivered in person”, adding that he “spent a great deal of time” talking about election meddling.

Mr Putin feels strongly about the issue, Mr Trump claimed, and “has an interesting idea”.

The summit comes days after the US indictment of 12 alleged Russian military intelligence agents for sophisticated hacking in the 2016 election.

Mr Putin said he and Mr Trump have agreed to continue detailed discussions on arms control issues.

The Russian leader said Russia and the US should discuss a possible extension of the 2010 New START nuclear arms reduction treaty and the implementation of the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Mr Putin added that other issues that Russia would like to discuss in the arms control sphere are the US missile defence plans and the weaponisation of space.

The two leaders said they are exploring ways to protect Israel from conflict raging near its border in Syria.

There was no commitment to any specific actions, but both said that ensuring Israel’s security was a priority.

Israel is deeply concerned about Iran’s presence in Syria, where Iranian forces and proxies have been fighting on behalf of the Syrian government, which is also supported by Russia.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to both Mr Trump and Mr Putin to eliminate the Iranian presence, which the Jewish state regards as an existential threat.

On the question of nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula, Mr Putin praised the US leader over efforts to resolve difficulties with North Korea.

The Russian leader said: “It’s good that the gradual resolution of the problem of the Korean peninsula has begun.”

He continued, saying: “In many respects, this became possible due to the fact that President Trump personally got involved in the resolution, building dialogue in the spirit of co-operation, not confrontation.”

Mr Trump, when asked about a Russian gas pipeline to Germany, noted that the US and Russia compete in the energy market.

He said that when he referred to Mr Putin as a competitor, he meant it as a compliment. Mr Trump had previously criticised the pipeline.

An apparent protester was seated with the American press corps holding a sign about nuclear weapons. The man identified himself as a reporter from the liberal magazine The Nation and was escorted from the press conference by security.

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Donald Trump doesn’t have friends – only competitors.

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At the weekend, he dropped his latest bombshell, describing the EU as a “foe”. Given that he had just accused Germany of being in Russia’s pocket, trashed the UK Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy, and told Nato allies that he was ready to abandon them, we shouldn’t have been surprised.

You wouldn’t expect a New York property developer to be any other way. All of Donald Trump’s allies are in his inner circle.

If you haven’t come up with him, you’ve either already been cast aside or, more recently, you’ve cut a deal with the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller.

READ MORE: UK could do more to put pressure on Putin’s ‘gangster regime’, says MP

That’s why it was fascinating to see Trump’s performance at his joint Chequers press conference with Theresa May described as “backtracking”, suggesting that despite his damning comments about her Brexit strategy, somehow a trade deal with the United States is still on.

Far more likely that he was just trying to get out of an embarrassing situation in front of the cameras, and that his ideological opposition to free trade as we know it continues.

Despite the humiliation meted out to May by the president, he was indulged as he attacked the press and promoted far-right tropes from a UK Government podium.

In Brussels, rather than hitting back at Trump’s demands for extra cash, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made little of the president’s unprecedented and hugely damaging threat to pull out of the alliance, indulging him further.

Put aside any speculation about ‘kompromat’ or the outcome of the Mueller investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

With his winner-takes-all mentality, Trump only sees competitors. Right now, Vladimir Putin is the only person giving him a game. That’s why he’s the only person Trump is treating with any respect.

READ MORE: Leader comment: Russia is creating a new Cold War

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The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border yesterday, indicating it had accepted an Egypt-mediated ceasefire that ended a 24-hour round of fighting with Hamas militants that had threatened to devolve into all-out war.

The military had shut down a popular beach and placed limitations on large gatherings as residents kept mostly close to home on Saturday amid dozens of rockets that were fired from Gaza.

But after several hours of calm it said residents could resume their daily routines.

On Saturday, the military carried out its largest wave of airstrikes in Gaza since the 2014 war, hitting several Hamas military compounds and flattening a number of its training camps. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while four Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home.

The military said several mortar shells were fired even after Hamas announced the ceasefire as sirens warning of incoming projectiles wailed in Israel overnight again. The military struck the mortar launcher yesterday morning but the calm held, with neither side appearing eager to resume hostilities.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not accept a cease-fire unless it included an end to all militant hostilities, including incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza that have devastated nearby Israeli farmlands and nature reserves.

“The Israeli military has delivered its most punishing blow against Hamas since the 2014 war. I hope they got the message. If not, they will get it later on,” he said at the weekly cabinet meeting.

After several balloons drifted into Israel yesterday, the military said it targeted the Hamas squad that had launched them from the northern Gaza Strip.

Hamas police also announced an explosion yesterday at a house in Gaza City that killed a father and son, aged 35 and 13. The explosion appeared to be an accidental blast related to militant stock piles of explosives. Hamas said it would investigate.

Israel said it unleashed Saturday’s barrage in response to weeks of violence along Gaza’s border - including a grenade attack on Friday that wounded an officer - as well as sustained Hamas rocket attacks and a campaign of incendiary devices floating over the border. Hamas responded with more than 200 projectiles toward Israel communities, evoking memories of the three wars the sides have waged over the past decade. Israel said its Iron Dome defence system shot down more than 20 projectiles. Israel also destroyed several Hamas attack tunnels, as well as factories involved in the production of the incendiary kites and balloons, and a Hamas battalion headquarters in northern Gaza. 
“We have no intention of tolerating rockets, kites, drones or anything,” said Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. “I hope that Hamas will draw conclusions and if not, they will have to pay a heavy price.”

Two teenagers were killed and several others were wounded when Israel struck an unfinished five-story building near a Hamas security compound and a public park in Gaza City, reducing the structure to rubble.

The military said Hamas was using it as a training facility and had dug a tunnel underneath as part of its underground network.

The rare strike in the heart of Gaza City blew out windows at a nearby mosque, an art gallery, government offices, and dozens of houses, leaving light fixtures and wiring dangling.

The Al-Azhar university said its classrooms and the dentistry college lab were also damaged. Speaking to thousands attending the two teenagers’ funeral, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vowed to continue Gaza protests and to take revenge for the teens.

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Cuba has revealed new details about plans to reshape its government, courts and economy with a constitutional reform set to be approved by the national assembly this month.

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The reform of the 1976 constitution would create the position of prime minister alongside the president, currently Miguel Diaz-Canel, splitting the roles of head of government and head of state.

Cuba’s constitution keeps the Communist Party as the sole political force in the country and says the communist state will remain the dominant economic force.

The constitution does, however, create new recognitions of the free market and private property in Cuban society, and creates a new presumption of innocence in the justice system.

Cuba’s current Soviet-era constitution only recognises state, cooperative, farmer, personal and joint venture property.

The proposed constitutional reform described in the main state paper on Saturday is also expected to be approved in a later national referendum.

Officials say the 1976 charter does not reflect changes made in Cuba in recent years.

“The experiences gained in these years of Revolution” and “the new paths mapped out” by the Communist Party are some of the reasons for reforming the constitution, the official Granma newspaper said on Saturday.

But former President Raul Castro’s market reforms, aimed at trying to boost the economy and make Cuban socialism more sustainable, have prompted hundreds of thousands of Cubans to join the ranks of the island’s self-employed since 2010, in new privately-owned businesses ranging from restaurants to beauty salons.

The new constitution will maintain rights such as religious freedom but will also make explicit the principle of non-discrimination due to gender identity.

The text released in Granma did not specify to what extent the state would recognise same-sex marriages.

Cuba expert Luis Carlos Battista at the Washington-based Centre for Democracy in the Americas cautioned that the acknowledgement of private property did not mean the government wanted to give private enterprise a greater role. Earlier this week, he noted, the government published a set of regulations tightening control on the self-employed and hiking possible fines to include property confiscation.

According to Granma, the government commission revamping the constitution will present its draft to the national assembly when it meets next week. It will then be put to a national referendum, expected later this year.

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Metallic shrapnel flying faster than bullets; the Space Shuttle smashed to pieces; astronauts killed or ejected into space.

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The culprit? Space debris – remnants of a Russian satellite blown up by a Russian missile. The one survivor, Ryan Stone, has to find her way back to Earth with oxygen supplies failing and the nearest viable spacecraft hundreds of miles away. Over on Mars, 20 years in the future, an exploration mission from Earth is going wrong. An epic dust storm forces the crew to abandon the planet, leaving behind an astronaut, Mark Watney, who is presumed dead. He has to figure out how to grow food while awaiting rescue.

Hollywood knows how to terrify and inspire us about outer space. Movies like Gravity (2013) and The Martian (2015), present space as hostile and unpredictable – spelling danger for any intrepid human who dares to venture outside Earth’s hospitable confines.

This is only part of the story, however – the bit with people centre stage. Sure, no one wants to see astronauts killed or stranded in space. And we all want to enjoy the fruits of successful planetary science, like determining which planets could host human life or simply whether we’re alone in the universe.

But should we care about the universe beyond how it affects us as humans? That is the big question – call it question #1 of extraterrestrial environmental ethics, a field too many people have ignored for too long. I’m one of a group of researchers at the University of St Andrews trying to change that. How we ought to value the universe depends on two other intriguing philosophical questions.

READ MORE: Life on Mars a real possibility as Nasa finds ‘organic matter’

Question #2: the kind of life we are most likely to discover elsewhere is microbial – so how should we view this lifeform? Most people would accept that all humans have intrinsic value, and matter not only in relation to their usefulness to someone else. Accept this and it follows that ethics places limits on how we may treat them and their living spaces.

People are starting to accept that the same is true of mammals, birds and other animals. So what about microbial beings? Some philosophers like Albert Schweitzer and Paul Taylor have previously argued that all living things have a value in themselves, which would obviously include microbes. Philosophy as a whole has not reached a consensus, however, on whether it agrees with this so-called biocentrism.

Question #3: for planets and other places not hospitable to life, what value should we place on their environment? Arguably we care about our environment on Earth primarily because it supports the species that live here. If so, we might extend the same thinking to other planets and moons that can support life.

But this doesn’t work for “dead” planets. Some have proposed an idea called aesthetic value, that certain things should be treasured not because they are useful but because they are aesthetically wonderful. They have applied this not only to great artistic works like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Beethoven’s Fifth, but also to parts of the Earth’s environment, such as the Grand Canyon. Could that apply to other planets?

Supposing we could answer these theoretical questions, we could proceed to four important practical questions about space exploration.

Question #4: is there a duty to protect the environment on other planets? When it comes to sending astronauts, instruments or robots to other worlds, there are clearly important scientific reasons for making sure they don’t take terrestrial organisms with them and wind up depositing them there.

Otherwise, if we discovered life, we wouldn’t know whether it was indigenous – not to mention the risk of wiping it out entirely. But is scientific clarity all that matters, or do we need to start thinking about galactic environmental protection?

READ MORE: Touch the sky: 40 years of space travel

Question #5: what, besides biological contamination, would count as violating such an obligation to treat that planet’s environment with respect? Drilling for core samples, perhaps, or leaving instruments behind, or putting tyre tracks in the dirt?

Question #6: what about asteroids? The race is well underway to develop technology to harvest the untold trillions of pounds of mineral wealth presumed to exist on asteroids, as already reported in The Conversation. It helps that no one seems to think of asteroids as environments we need to protect. The same goes for empty space. The movie Gravity gave us some human-centred reasons to be worried about the buildup of debris in space, but might there be other reasons to object? If so, would our obligation be to merely create less debris, or something stronger – like not producing any new debris or even cleaning up what we’ve left already?

Question #7: what considerations might offset arguments in favour of behaving ethically in space? Of the various reasons for going there – intellectual/scientific, utilitarian, profit-driven – are any strong enough to override our obligations?

We also need to factor in the inevitable risks and uncertainties here. We can’t know what benefits space missions will have. We can’t be certain of not biologically contaminating the planets we visit. What risk/reward trade-offs should we be willing to undertake?

Discussions about outer space have the advantage that we have very little attachment to anything out there. These ethical questions might therefore be some of the only ones humans can address with a large measure of emotional distance. For this reason, answering them might help us to make progress with Earth-bound issues like global warming, mass extinction and nuclear waste disposal.

Space exploration also directly raises questions about our relationship to Earth – once we overcome the technological puzzles preventing the terraforming of a planet like Mars, or find ways of reaching habitable exoplanets. I’ll leave you with one extremely important one for the future:

Question #8: given that the Earth is not the only potential home for human beings, what reasons for protecting its environment would remain once we can realistically go somewhere else?

Benjamin Sachs is a senior lecturer in philosophy at St Andrews University. This article was originally published on The Conversation website.

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THE White House accidently claimed Scotland was not part of the UK in a blundering tweet.

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Staffers behind the official White House social media account wrote that Donald Trump was “departing the U.K.” after meeting with the Queen.

The president wasn’t returning to the US - but heading to Scotland to play golf.

The embarrassing White House tweet, which was posted on Friday night, has since been deleted.

On Twitter, @NicholasPegg wrote: “In a further development that comes as a surprise to literally nobody, Trump’s White House accidentally deletes embarrassing tweet which suggests it believes that Scotland is not in the UK. Not to worry guys,”

@PickardJE added: “The geniuses at the White House have deleted this tweet which implied that Scotland isn’t in the UK.”

READ MORE: In Pictures: Donald Trump in Scotland as relationship with Sturgeon deteriorates

Protests are to be staged against Donald Trump today as his UK visit turns from talks with Theresa May and the Queen to golf at his Turnberry resort.

The US president apologised to Mrs May on Friday over an incendiary interview criticising her premiership, and hailed UK-US relations as the “highest level of special”.

While tens of thousands of protesters staged demonstrations across the UK against Mr Trump’s views and politics, he met the Queen at Windsor Castle as the official part of his whirlwind visit to the UK drew to a close.

On Friday night he flew on Air Force One to Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Scotland for a two-day private stay at his famous Turnberry golf resort but protests are expected to continue on Saturday.

Thousands of people are expected in Edinburgh for a Carnival of Resistance in the Meadows area of the capital.

Campaigners will also gather outside the Trump International Golf Links in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, on Saturday, and it is predicted there could be further demonstrations at Turnberry.

Greenpeace flew a paraglider with a banner message saying “Trump Well Below Par” above the resort on Friday evening.

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You might have thought (hoped) Theresa May’s last joint press conference with Donald Trump in Washington, in January 2017, when the US President dished out put-down after put-down, would have marked the nadir in British-American relations; that things, as they say, could only get better.

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But contemporary western politics is a bottomless hole; every time you convince yourself our representatives can go no lower, they slip further into the mire. And so, on Friday, just hours after Trump and May had broken bread together at a gala dinner, we were treated to a two-hander even more humiliating than the last.

Having rolled out the red carpet for a visit most British people appear to oppose, the embattled Prime Minister must have anticipated a crumb of support from the leader to whom she has hitched our post-Brexit wagon. Trump understood what was required of him; he knew a little bit of validation might help May win over Leavers who are threatening a vote of no confidence over her white paper. But the president’s attitude towards hospitality has much in common with the Campbell clan’s; as he dined on Scottish salmon at that dinner in Blenheim Palace, he was already raising the knife above his host’s back.

By the time the event was over, the Sun had splashed on an interview in which he claimed May’s compromise plan had made a US trade deal untenable. In a premiership characterised by a succession of excruciatingly awkward moments, the sight of her standing compliantly by the man who had just trashed her, as he ducked and dissembled in front of the press, set new standards in public shame.

You might think, too, that having once being photographed holding Trump’s tiny hand, May would have spent this visit with her own clamped firmly to her side. But no, there she was on Thursday in a long red frock being physically led up the steps of Blenheim Palace like a reluctant toddler. Predictably, someone photo-shopped the image so May was also wearing a white winged hat like those in The Handmaid’s Tale. Though Gilead metaphors are wearing a bit thin, this one seemed apt as May embraced the role of submissive victim.

We know that Trump has no respect for anyone, other than tyrants, but he harbours a particular contempt for women in positions of power; Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, May, Nicola Sturgeon, even the Queen who, at 92, had to suffer the ignominy of her guest arriving 15 minutes late, then standing directly in front of her as they inspected the Queen’s Guard.

Having spent the last couple of years gaslighting America, it was little surprise Trump should use the same coercive tactics on May. He mansplained Brexit ( “if only she’d listened to me”), swung from flirting with Boris Johnson to referring to his relationship with May as “the highest level of special”, and messed around with her perceptions of reality by sticking steadfastly to his flawed versions of events even when they were demonstrably untrue.

Just like last time, May suffered it all, visibly flinching only when Trump suggested she had responded to the Sun interview with the words “Don’t worry – it’s only the press.” It’s tough, I guess, to challenge the kind of man who lies without compunction; who will keep on saying he was in the UK the day before Brexit (and predicted the result) though everyone knows he didn’t arrive until the day after; who, when challenged, not only refuses to back down, but can rely on a White House communications director to repeat the lie on his behalf.

May, who has managed to alienate herself from other potential allies, including many within her own party, is particularly susceptible to this kind of manipulation. Trump knew that if he continued to wrong-foot her – abusing her one minute and reassuring her the next – her confidence would be undermined in the run-up to their talks on Friday. If he continues on this course, the logic goes, she will be vulnerable enough to accept a trade deal on whatever terms are offered: the privatisation of the NHS and chlorinated chicken in exchange for a tiny boost to our economy.

There were fleeting moments in the Chequers press conference when, for the first time, I felt something akin to sympathy for the Prime Minister. Imagine having the world’s most powerful leader messing with your mind in a public arena. But May cynically aligned herself with an unscrupulous man because it suited her political agenda; and if, 18 months down the line, she finds herself so needy and dependent she cannot raise her voice in defence of London mayor Sadiq Khan or migrants fleeing violence, she only has herself to blame. However much you have been weakened, it is craven to collude in racism and Islamophobia.

Other politicians have been more circumspect and so are free not to kowtow. It’s easier for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to be stand-offish, of course, because they do not have to engage in international diplomacy; but even so, it was refreshing to hear Corbyn address the London protest and to discover Trump had spurned Sturgeon, presumably to prevent her spurning him. Better still, Sturgeon chose to mark Trump’s arrival in Scotland, where, against the spirit of his office, he is promoting his business interests, by leading the Pride march in Glasgow: a gesture perfect in its inclusivity and clear renunciation of everything he stands for.

Across the country, ordinary people were also doing a good job of expressing the things May couldn’t or wouldn’t say. In London, Glasgow and Edinburgh they channelled their creativity into clever new slogans like “Rage Against the Tangerine” and “All In All I’m Just Another Prick With No Wall”. And, yes, perhaps some of those involved did have their eye more on their social media profiles than on the substantive issues. Perhaps some of the entertainment was a bit flippant and silly. Perhaps too much fun was being had off the back of Trump’s dehumanising policies. But as the US president continues to sap the joy out of life and leave us facing an uncertain future, humour may be all we have left.

There is no obvious way to get Trump impeached or to force the Conservative Party to abandon Brexit. The best we can do is to refuse to be gaslit; to keep our values intact, our wits sharp and our souls inviolable.

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Imagine for a moment that ten years ago it was suggested that the US would elect a president with Scottish roots. A man who loved golf. Whose mother came from the Scottish islands. Who talked fondly about Scotland to the world and who had even put his money where his mouth is, building a new golf resort and purchasing and investing in another.

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Wow. What an opportunity.

In this scenario Scotland would surely do everything to woo this individual, to ensure that we maximised every potential business, tourism and PR opportunity possible. Such a thing could only be regarded as a gift.

Today, we have such a US president, but rather than laud him we are protesting against him, often in the coarsest terms possible. We portray him as a baby, use four letter words in slogans and do our utmost to tell him he’s not welcome here.

Donald Trump brings this on himself. Any humility or tenderness passed on by his mother, Mary MacLeod, from Lewis, has long been quashed. Trump is now a braggart and a bully whose attitudes to women and ethnic minorities alone make it difficult for Scots to find common cause.

Protesting is a fundamental part of our democratic rights. And it was deeply disappointing to hear another Scot – the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox – say yesterday that the protesters were an “embarrassment to themselves”. For a government minister to suggest the public should not express their opinion is worrying.

He must know that Trump has said and done many things that have deeply offended people across Scotland and the UK. Including giving an interview to the Sun where he criticised Britain’s own prime minister – the leader of his party – for not taking his advice on Brexit. The arrogance is breathtaking.

Where Fox is correct is that this shouldn’t stop us engaging with Trump. Like it or not he is the president and the US remains a key ally as well as an important market for Scottish and British business. Furthermore, is Trump any worse than some of the other leaders who have walked into Downing Street or Chequers? African dictators? Middle Eastern and Asian leaders with questionable human rights records? Indeed all of us in life, in business, have to work alongside people whose values we don’t share.

So, it was good to hear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying she would have met Trump had he asked, and that her opposition to him was about politics not personalities. Our leaders cannot afford to put personalities before the wellbeing of their country. Theresa May should also be applauded for keeping her cool when it would have been so tempting to call Trump out on his own fake news.

But the public doesn’t need to show that restraint. If they want to protest they should. Scotland still loves America, it’s just Donald Trump we have a problem with.

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Bands of protesters made their way to Donald Trump’s golf resort and in the hope of sending their message to the US President.

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They gathered on the beach adjoining the famous golf links where the US President was expected to play golf.

They were met by numerous police officer who had fanned across the beach to secure the golf course.

With Ailsa Craig and the famous Turnberry lighthouse in the background, marksmen looked down on the course from scaffolding and a police boat patrolled the sea.

Cries of “Donald, Donald...naebody likes you,” rang across the dunes as the protesters chanted “Trump is a racist. Trump is liar.”

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One of the leading demonstrators was the commedienne Janey Godley, who was brandishing her placard saying “Trump is a c***”.

Ms Godley said: “This is a man who has no regard for human decency. Any man that doesn’t respect women doesn’t deserve any kind of state visit. I mean even the Queen must have boaked up in the toilet. His politics are abhorrent. He’s enabled racism. He’s given the right wing the right to do Nazi salutes in the street.

“That’s why I’m protesting against Trump,” she added before yelling: “That and the caging of babies - you big fat roaster.”

As they waited for Mr Trump to appear on the golf course, they were joined by the Green MSP Ross Greer, who said: “This is a man who brags about the sexual assault of women and who throws babies into cages. That is not acceptable in a civilised world and we want to show him he is not welcome in Scotland.”

Hugh Taylor,67, of Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway, grew up in the Turnberry area. He recalled learning to swim in the Turnberry Hotle pool long before it was taken over by the Trump organisation.

He also caddied on the golf course. Aged seven his parents had taken him to try and see President Eisenhower when he was staying at nearby Culzean Castle, which the US General was gifted as a thank-you from the people of Scotland for his role in the war.

“I think I saw him in his car, but I remember my parents telling me what a great man he was. It is sad when you compare him with Trump. Trump is a bawbag. I think the man is a boor. I know the UK Government is picking up the tab, but it is coming out of our pockets. He is here to enjoy himself and play golf. Therefore he should pay for his own security. He is a disgusting creature. I think he is truly evil.”

Graham Creelman,70, a retired journalist with ITV and BBC, said: “I don’t disagree with the right of the American people to elect him. But his racist attitudes, his attitude towards women, his attitude towards the environment, trade and health care for poorer Americans is what I object to. It seems, to me, dispicable that this country should invite him here and give him a kind of credibility. That we are not standing up to him is worrying. There is something insidious about just going along with it.”

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