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Thursday November 10 2016
Red Box
Matt Chorley
By Matt Chorley
Good morning,
There is still a sense from all the coverage of Donald Trump's victory that no one - supporters and opponents - can still quite believe it.

But how far can these voting shocks go? Red Box reader Ian Tyldesley has an idea: "The people are definitely making their feelings known and at this rate Ed Balls could win Strictly Come Dancing. We're definitely living in interesting times."

Let's be honest, stranger things have happened. Much stranger things.
Matt Chorley
Red Box Editor
Twitter icon @MattChorley
Top News
An effigy of the president-elect outside Trump Tower in New York (EPA/PETER FOLEY)
The politics of protest
"Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power and we don't just respect that, we cherish it," Hillary Clinton told supporters in her concession speech yesterday.

The message seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Overnight there have been protests across America with flags burnt, effigies of Donald Trump hanged from poles and police in riot gear pelted with objects.

Demonstrators, including Cher and Madonna, descended on Trump Tower in Manhattan, while there have been reports of protests in Oakland, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington DC.

There have been chants of "Not my president" and "No Trump! No KKK! No racist USA!"

This could be just the final rush of anger in a campaign unprecedented in its bitterness and bile. But when Trump himself suggested he would not accept the result if he lost, it is perhaps no suprise that many Americans appalled at his election are refusing to do so.

In this era of Twitterstorms, online petitions, safe spaces and self-righteous anger on all sides, the concept of being a good loser in a democracy seems to be at stake.

There was a moment when Trump walked out on to the stage to deliver his victory speech when he began clapping as if it was for someone else. He looked stunned.

There was a touch of Boris Johnson and Michael Gove the morning they woke to the news that they had actually succeeded in taking Britain out of the EU. "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off," Gove's wife Sarah Vine told him in the early hours.

You wonder if there isn't a part of Trump which wonders if this has all got a bit, well, out of hand.

Still, no time for that. Lots to do. Today he heads to the White House, and will set foot in the Oval Office for the first time.

He meets Barack Obama to begin efforts ensure the transition inside the White House is at least peaceful and orderly, even if the protests continue outside. It will take great skill and patience to morph from the shoot-from-the-hip populist celebrity to holder of the nuclear codes.

There is now a 70-day scramble to assemble what is being described as a "team of egos" to prepare him for his inauguration on January 20.

Despite the grand sweep of Trump's ambitions laid out yesterday, his transition team is said to have concentrated on short memos asking rather more basic questions — such as "what does the president-elect Trump need to know about the Treasury department?" And just as importantly: what does the Treasury need to know about president-elect Trump?

But he faces a bigger question too: how to cool the white-hot anger he has stoked for the last year, and which has spilled out onto America's streets.
Thursday's best comment
David Aaronovitch
The new America creates a dangerous vacuum
David Aaronovitch – The Times
Jenni Russell
Clinton didn't lose because she's a woman
Jenni Russell – The Times
Brexit and Trumpism are very different beasts
Tim Montgomerie - The Times
William Hague: My six-point memo to President Trump
William Hague - The Daily Telegraph
Trump won — but let's get a few things straight . . .
Tim Montgomerie - The Times
Today's cartoon from Peter Brookes
Tearing polls apart
One of the striking things about the fall-out of Trump's victory is that there was a sudden ease with which to explain how it happened, despite almost no one seeing it coming.

There was one word used more than any other: polls.

They got it wrong on the 2015 general election, they got it wrong on Brexit, and boy did they get it wrong on Trump.

The problem with polling is that while the pollsters may talk about margins of error after the event (and laughably suggest that putting Remain marginally ahead in June was within the margin of error for actually showing Leave was ahead), they are happy for their numbers to be treated as gospel at the time. Otherwise, why publish them?

The problem is that they are not bystanders. The media report them faithfully because they supposedly give an account of the state of the race. Campaigns rely on them, which is why the Clinton camp thought places like Texas were in play, and Trump was convinced he would lose.

And voters notice them, and may base a decision to vote - or stay at home - on the likelihood of their chosen candidate winning.

James Kanagasooriam from Populus spotted some of what was going wrong, and writes for Red Box today on the mistakes that were made.

But either pollsters have to dramatically change what they do, which probably means spending more on their fieldwork and modelling, or we could find ourselves going into big elections not knowing what is going on. Or at least without the comfort blanket of thinking we do.
Red Box comment
James Kanagasooriam
How did the polls get it so wrong - again?
James Kanagasooriam – Head of analytics at Populus
Stars don't earn their stripes
As well as polling having to change, the whole nature of political campaign is now in doubt.

Clinton had more money, more celebrities, more big-name backers, a better ground operation. And yet none of that could compete with a man armed with Twitter.
Podcast: How did Trump win and how will he lead?
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Fall of the House of Clinton
After initial suggestions that Hillary Clinton would not even give a concession speech, she appeared yesterday afternoon to thank her supporters and encourage them to keep fighting.

"We must accept this result and then look to the future," she said, noting that the peaceful transition of power was a hallmark of American democracy.

But it also surely means there will be an orderly transition to a new generation of Democrats, ending the Clinton dynasty which stretches back a quarter of a century.
Victory speech unpun
Philip Collins
Trump achieves trick of spontaneity by making it up on the spot
Philip Collins – The Times
What does it mean for Britain?
Theresa May turned down the chance to meet either candidate when she was in New York this year. That now seems like a smart move.

The prime minister welcomed the result, declaring Donald Trump was a fit person for the presidency and that the countries would remain "strong and close partners". As the saying goes, you can choose your friends but you can't choose your family or your international counterparts.

The first deal struck with the new America could be an exchange programme which sees Nigel Farage flying out this weekend to angle for a job in in the Trump administration. Just remember, Nigel. He likes milk, two sugars.
A wax figure of the new president is measured up at Madame Tussauds (Charlotte Ball/PA Wire)
What does it mean for the world?
The Russian parliament broke into applause at the news Trump had won, while President Putin dispatched a congratulatory telegram expressing his hope to work together to remove Russian-American relations from their "critical" state. Read the story

Nowhere will the results of Trump's election be seen more quickly, and with more unpredictable consequences, than in Aleppo. For supporters of the uprising against President Assad, Trump's election is a disaster. Read the story

Higher interest rates are on the horizon in the US and across the world. Donald Trump's promise of a spending binge will send prices higher, and economists said the US Federal Reserve was likely to respond by raising rates more aggressively in the medium term as it grappled with looming inflation. Read the story

Investors fled to safe haven assets as the election result came in but the "Brexit-style" sell-off was short-lived after Donald Trump calmed jitters with his victory address. Read the story

And someone else could get the 2014 Olympics. Leaders of the bid for Los Angeles to host the Games think Trump's presidency will deter the International Olympic Committee. Read the story
Donald Trump transition team planning first months in office
President-elect Donald Trump spoke to Binjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, and President Sisi of Egypt yesterday and will have his first post-election meeting with President Obama today to discuss the transfer of power in January.

Mr Trump's transition team has been gathering for months, and they packed into an office on Wednesday a block away from the White House to continue drafting blueprints for the new administration. Among the proposals: a policy that would ban many members of the transition team from lobbying the same federal agencies they are helping shape. Read the story in full

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In other news
  • Tram crash: At least seven passengers were killed and more than 50 injured when a tram overturned while speeding around a bend yesterday morning. Read the story
  • Abuse inquiry: Senior police have railed against a retired judge's review of a child abuse inquiry, saying that his recommendations risked turning back the clock and discouraging genuine complainants from coming forward. Read the story
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From the diary
By Grant Tucker
On the White House wagon
Donald Trump's victory celebrations may be more subdued than those of previous commanders-in-chief because he's teetotal. Booze has traditionally played a big role at the White House. John Adams replaced his breakfast apple juice with cider, while Barack Obama added a brewer to his staff, creating the first known beer to be brewed at the White House. The 55 signatories to the US constitution celebrated by indulging in 60 bottles of claret, 54 bottles of Madeira, 22 bottles of port, 12 beers, eight bottles of whiskey, eight hard ciders, and seven bowls of alcoholic punch that were said to be so large that "ducks could swim in them". Maybe Hillary Clinton will follow in the footsteps of her Democrat predecessor, Franklin Pierce, who on losing office said to a friend: "There is nothing left to do but to get drunk."
Read more from the TMS diary
What the papers said
The Times
"Washington's checks and balances remain in place. Congress may be Republican but, if it endorses irresponsibility, the party will pay dearly in the 2018 mid-term elections. In the meantime Mr Trump has vowed to govern for all Americans, including those dismayed by his victory. His first job as president will be to prove their fears misplaced by showing more restraint and generosity of spirit than we have seen so far." Read the full article

The Daily Telegraph
f President-elect Trump is to be true to the spirit of Brexit that he has invoked then he must lead an America that reaches out to the rest of the world and does not retreat into an isolationist shell." Read the full article

The Guardian
"Mr Trump's capacity to destabilise is almost limitless. His military, diplomatic, security, environmental and trade policies all have the capacity to change the world for the worse. Americans have done a very dangerous thing this week. Because of what they have done we all face dark, uncertain and fearful times." Read the full article

Financial Times
"This remains a moment of great peril. Mr Trump's victory, coming after the Brexit referendum vote in Britain, looks like another grievous blow to the liberal international order. Mr Trump must decide, by his actions and words, whether he intends to contribute to the great unravelling, at incalculable cost to the West." Read the full article

The Sun
"Smug lefties can think of no reason beyond his supporters — or Leave voters — being thick racists. Clinton herself suicidally called Trump fans "deplorables". They should condemn less and seek to understand more. For years those voters and their falling wages were ignored by politicians in Washington or Westminster.
In Britain they had the choice of an exciting new self-governing future outside the EU or more of Brussels' status quo." Read the full article

Daily Mail

"The parallels are too glaring to miss. In Britain, as in America, voters were fed up with having their concerns about mass immigration ignored. They were sick to death, too, of a political class bailing out super-rich bankers while family budgets were relentlessly squeezed." Read the full article

Daily Express
"Barack Obama's hostility to Brexit was summed up in his pre-referendum threat to the British people. Vote to leave the EU, he warned us, and the UK would be "at the back of the queue" for a trade deal with the United States. His disdain for our right to decide our own destiny has been echoed by Hillary Clinton." Read the full article

Daily Mirror
"If the march of the populist Right is to be countered we must not scorn those who voted for Trump or, in Britain's case for Brexit, but listen to their concerns. Their grievances are genuine and they must be addressed. We cannot afford to allow Trump's type of repulsive and divisive politics to take root here."
  • Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, continues his tour of European capitals.
  • Greg Clark, the business secretary, speaks at the annual Energy UK conference.
  • NHS publishes data on A&E, waiting times, cancer, diagnostics and ambulances, among other services.
  • The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority publishes expenses claims for June and July 2016.
  • 1030am Andy Burnham, the Labour mayoral candidate in Greater Manchester, launches his official campaign.
  • 6.00pm Show Racism the Red Card, the campaign group, launches annual competition in schools throughout England to tackle racism in the classroom.
  • 6.30pm Sir Nigel Sheinwald, former UK ambassador to Washington, speaks on US foreign policy under the new president at an event hosted by the Policy Exchange think tank in London.
  • 7.00pm Candidates in the Ukip leadership election attend a hustings event.
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  • Parliament is in recess
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