As a parent of small children I sometimes surprise myself with the things I find myself saying. âDonât play in the tumble dryer.â âStop putting food in your nose.â âTry not to poo on the carpet.â The individual words are all familiar. But prior to the actual moment they are spoken, the notion that I would ever gather them together into a single sentence seemed implausible. The shock resides in realising I am in a scenario in which they both make sense and are necessary.
Analysing the results of last nightâs Iowa caucuses forces a similar double-take. For to explain why Donald Trump came second to Ted Cruz among Republicans or why Democrats handed Hillary Clinton the slimmest of victories against âdemocratic socialistâ Bernie Sanders first raises the question of how we got to a place that this time last year no one would have deemed possible.