Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America reporter, has a succinct analysis of Donald Trump’s performance yesterday.
Just over a week from his inauguration, Mr Trump is still the same man he was on the campaign trail and on the reality show set. The Donald Trump on Wednesday is the Donald Trump who will govern the US, and the theatre of the event is something that will be a part of American lives for the next four years.
It’s not going to get better folks. Trump is not going to pivot, will not accept normalization, will not stop being Trump. Read the Whole Thing.
And if you want a bonus look at how bad things have gotten, the BBC’s Sean Coughlan, Education correspondent, asks What does post-truth mean for a philosopher?
AC Grayling, public thinker, master of the New College of the Humanities, and Remain campaigner, views the post-truth world with undisguised horror.
The philosopher, awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours, warns of the "corruption of intellectual integrity" and damage to "the whole fabric of democracy".
...the philosopher argues that there has been a significant shift beyond the boundaries of election spinning and into something fundamentally different.
He places his argument into a historical perspective, saying the international landscape is more like the volatile, intolerant era before World War Two.
"There are some really uncomfortable parallels with the 1930s," he says.
"These guys have realised you don't need facts, you just lie."
The Big Lie technique is alive and well and on steroids.