We sit on a political precipice both in the US and here in the UK. And honing that edge, it’s possible that the weight of popular opinion can tip backwards into fear and racism rather than forward toward a more cooperative, progressive future. It’s easy and natural to despair of the US president, who vexes my thoughts for the future of my home country. Trump is vain, vulgar, venal and virtueless. One thing that helps me to express these sentiments is to attend anti-racist rallies, like the one that was held not long ago in front of the US Embassy in Grosvernor Square following the white supremacist violence that took place in Charlottsville, North Carolina. At least it’s reassuring to be in the presence of those who feel the same way. And I feel that I’m playing at least a small part in denouncing violence where it’s blatantly unjust and reactionary.