On both sides of the Atlantic we appear to be led by men (yes, mostly men) who have thrown away all pretence of honesty and consistency and are prepared to behave shamelessly in order to achieve their ends.
In this country the government has promised that nothing shall be done in any future trade deal to undermine Britain's high standards of farming.
OK, says the House of Lords, so let's amend the Agriculture Bill so that our higher standards of food safety and animal welfare are enshrined in law.
Not necessary, says the government, because that's what we're going to do anyway.
So if that's what you're going to do anyway, why not put it into law?
The only possible answer is that the ruling clique want room to wriggle out of the promise, one which was made in the Referendum Campaign so something which a least some people believed when they voted to leave the EU.
(Nothing in the above is written to suggest that British agricultural standards are all that perfect - they are not, but that is not an argument for potentially weakening them further.)
In the USA in February 2016, while Barack Obama was still President, a Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, died. Following precedent, Obama waited the customary month and then nominated Merrick Garland, for approval by the Senate.
Out of the blue (maybe that should be out of the red) the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, argued that that 2016 was an election year and the Senate should not be expected to hold hearings on a replacement until after the election to be held in November, eight months later.
This was a totally unprecedented move, but from the Republican point of view, it "worked." The hearings on the relatively progressive Garland were never proceeded with, Trump won the election and his own nominee, the right wing Neil Gorsuch, was duly nominated and confirmed.
Less than a month ago, on September 18th, the liberally inclined Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, died. Note this was not eight months before the election, but a mere six weeks.
The very same Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, has decreed that it is absolutely vital to have a replacement in place before the election. Trump has made a nomination, Amy Coney Barrett, McConnell has started the hearings, and confirmation is expected before the end of his month.
Even if Trump is defeated in the election (and concedes, which is by no means certain) if the nomination is confirmed the Republicans will have a 6/3 majority in the Supreme Court and there is nothing the Democrats can do about it.
Women's right to choose and Obamacare will be under threat and the right to bear arms safe and secure.
In both our countries the levers of power have ben grabbed by demagogues who will allow no sense of honesty, decency, shame or consistency get in their way.