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Fire and fury, lock and load—are we doomed to face an alliterative apocalypse?

Here's another snappy catchphrase for the rest of us: “Duck and cover"

By Sam Leith   October 2017

Are we all still here? I write in optimism, because there’s nothing that dents a magazine’s circulation and a columnist’s potential readership like the world having been bombed into a patchwork of greenly luminescent basketball pitches. And at the time of writing that is the route down which we seem to be heading. Or so excitable headlines—and the excitable communiqués on which those headlines are based—seem to suggest.

“Fire and fury” is what the 45th President of the United States of America promised, in a press conference sally against the leadership of…

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