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Trump, Johnson and a trial for the rule of law

By Gideon Rachman

12 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The U.K. and U.S. see themselves as mature democracies—models that other nations can emulate. But the last few years have shaken that Anglo-American complacency, writes FT columnist Gideon Rachman.

Both Britain and America flatter themselves that their political systems are admired all over the world. The UK is the home to the “mother of parliaments”. The US is the “leader of the free world”. The two countries see themselves as mature democracies; models that other nations can emulate.

But the last few years have shaken that Anglo-American complacency. Britain has suffered the agonies of Brexit and got through four prime ministers in as many years. The US saw Congress stormed on January 6 2021 in what was essentially an attempted coup by an outgoing president.

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