You have to be grateful for small mercies. While our politics here at home trundles along in its staid fashion, the rest of the world is up in arms. A right-wing Islamophobe has just won elections in Hungary. Donald Trump runs the US on the basis of "intelligence" from Fox News and Twitter. And Egypt has just had an election. Well, the Egyptian authorities say it was an election, but you have to wonder. The president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, had only one challenger — a man who registered to run only 15 minutes before closing time and whose Facebook page showed he was, even as he registered, urging people to vote for Sisi. Well, this "opposition leader" was successful. Sisi won with 97.08% of the votes. No surprise there. In 2014 he won by the same margin. Shurely shome mishtake, as Private Eye magazine used to say. Those who dared challenge Sisi before the election were swiftly dealt with. "The former military chief of staff, Sami Anan, previously the second-in-command of the supreme ...

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