Opinion – Cheque, mate: World’s biggest chess championship faces axe over £300k tax bill

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Personally, I disagree with the right-wing Telegraph’s sensational reporting of this story. It reports that the world’s biggest chess championship faces being wound up after its organiser was bankrupted over a £300,000 tax bill.

Source: Cheque, mate: World’s biggest chess championship faces axe over £300k tax bill

The Telegraph reports the tax-payer as the victim. Why should one tax-payer have different rights to the next? The Law must be upheld and HMRC were right to intervene. The arguments advanced by the so-called victim are a nonsense.

A responsible course for the Telegraph would be to campaign for a change in the Law or for alternative funding to support the chess championship.

What ever happened to high quality journalism at the Telegraph that segregated news and editorial opinion? For a benchmark look to the New York Times.


Opinion – How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic

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This is an outstanding must-read article from The Atlantic. It argues that Republicans and Democrats of 2016 have neither intelligible boundaries nor enforceable norms. The alarming conclusion is that as a result, renegade political behavior pays.

Source: How American Politics Became So Ineffective – The Atlantic

Let me give you a flavor:

Trump, however, didn’t cause the chaos. The chaos caused Trump. What we are seeing is not a temporary spasm of chaos but a chaos syndrome.

Personally, I blame President Obama for promising so much and delivering so little.

Across the Western world, we are witnessing the rise in power of the political extremes, the far-left and the far-right. This is the world of post-truth politics, in which evidenced is suppressed and dogma rules – for both extremes, the end justifies the means. Democracy has been hijacked by populism.

Let me ask an open question:

So how will the political center win against populism?