The field of top advisers around Donald Trump is not nearly as crowded as that around Putin. Of course Trump has not had nearly as many years in power, let alone politics; but with fewer figures potentially it is easier to discern which direction the power relationship flows. However it suits him (not just for ease of governance, I'll assume) to create a field around himself alike Putin's: uncertain of who holds the real power with changing allegiances, delegating and doubling roles in the same responsibilities, as well as creating competition for his attention and favour to influence a nation.
In this new, potential one-off, blog post, tentatively categorised under The Westminster Puddle (am I really bursting a bubble here?), I am going to summarise the seminar by the Resolution Foundation I went to this morning. This is something I do for work anyway, as research for my role, and this way you know as much as I know. The Resolution Foundation's seminar was planned around their latest publication A tough gig? The nature of self-employment in 21st Century Britain and policy implications.
Newspapers don't have the luxury of writing profiles so much as magazines, which proliferate on the internet. A favourite topic of pursuit: Who is the real right hand man to Vladimir Putin? They love looking at the power behind the throne, they can't believe that without a "grey cardinal" he could get to where he is, and stay there.
Science fiction tells many tales of machines that overtake humanity, take on their own will and act in their own interest. Science fiction always seems such a long way away, even with projected interactive screens becoming a reality and self-tying shoelaces. So who is to say that machines won't actually one day lord over us - just with people at the helm?
I have struggled with composing a blog post since my last contribution. It's not that there is nothing to write about, of course. There is an abundance of concerning developments. In fact I am leaning towards the belief that this is fatigue of the developments. Most concerning to me, I suppose, is how the reach of the far west and the far east is seeking to extend to the centre ground, not just politically speaking.