Bring the Dallas murderers to justice. And the killers of black people too

Protesters after a sniper opened fire on police during a protest on 7 July in Dallas

‘A fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture’. Protesters after a sniper opened fire on police during a protest on 7 July in Dallas.
Photograph: Ashley Landis/AP

In a country where it’s easier to obtain a semi-automatic gun than to obtain healthcare, a fragile mind can wreak havoc on a fragile political culture. So it was on Thursday night when a shooter opened fire on police at a Black Lives Matter demonstration killing five officers and wounding at least seven others.

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Brexit didn’t create this crisis in our politics. It exposed them

Boris Johnson the day after the EU referendum vote, which his leave campaign won.

Boris Johnson the day after the EU referendum vote, which his leave campaign won. Photograph: Reuters

One week ago, against the advice of its political establishment, Britain narrowly voted to leave the European Union. Within a few days, that establishment was in the process of a full-scale implosion: the country is effectively without government or opposition, shorn of leadership, bereft of direction. As the pound crashed and markets tanked, the chancellor of the exchequer went missing for three days while Boris Johnson, the most prominent member of the Leave campaign, spent the weekend not sketching out a plan for the nation’s future, but playing cricket and writing his column for the Telegraph. Having asserted its right to sovereignty, the country can now find nobody to actually run it.

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After this vote the UK is diminished, our politics poisoned

A London Black taxi driver flies a British flag as he drives through a street in central London

â??Britain is no more sovereign today than it was yesterday. We have left the EU but we remain within the neoliberal system.â??
Photograph: Hannah Mckay/EPA

In the end those who placed their faith in the â??expertsâ? were always going to be disappointed. The pollsters were wrong; the currency traders were wrong; the pundits were confounded. People who did not feel they had been heard have not just spoken. Given a one-off chance to tell the world what they think of how they are governed they have screamed a piercing cry of alienation and desperation.

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