If only Radio 4 could be this frank about UK politics 

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton 
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  Credit: AP

If you are a promiscuous listener, someone who tunes around, you will share with me the deep ennui that comes with radio hosts who pose questions – about nightmare neighbours, dangerous dogs, paying to see your children’s nativity play – and ask you to phone in your thoughts. After half a century of phone-ins, all such tend to lack the charm of novelty. Much rarer is the cogent argument, fiercely expressed, strongly sustained. Letters from America (Radio 4, Monday-Friday last week) were, therefore, a treat, five people expressing their reactions to the American Presidential election with most unusual passion. 

On Monday, Zoë Heller, an English writer living in New York, spoke of her shock at...

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