R. W. Johnson

Cry, the rapidly crumbling country

President Ramaphosa has won the election but his position is fragile: South Africa faces poverty, inequality and corruption almost entirely self-inflicted by the ruling ANC

The way forward for Europe’s great outsider

The UK’s relationship with the Continent has always been fraught. But history shows there is no neat answer to where Britain belongs

The inevitability of Fortress Europe

The refugee influx means that the EU will soon scrap its freedom of movement rules to cope with a crisis lasting for another half-century

Is South Africa about to fall apart?

"It feels as if the country is beginning to unravel, that it is slipping towards ungovernability. Perhaps it can still be pulled back together but nothing is certain"

Cyril Ramaphosa’s poisoned chalice

South Africa's new leader has a near-impossible task ahead of him

Conor Cruise O’Brien and an African tragedy

When the greatest living Irishman came to lecture in Cape Town, he had to defend free speech against the anti-apartheid boycott

Euphoric Labour won’t win power led by a pied piper

Jeremy Corbyn is riding high after an unexpectedly successful election campaign. But his party has more to do to attract Middle England 

Donald Trump And The Dividing Of America

Under its new president, the United States is becoming increasingly polarised and a debt-led boom won’t help matters in the long run

The Dying Days Of Zuma’s South Africa

Jacob Zuma's hold on South African politics is weakening, throwing the ANC into crisis

Fortress Europe Faces An African Migrant Tsunami

The current influx of refugees from the Middle East will be dwarfed by a huge wave of Africans desperate to escape from poverty and hunger

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"