The online machinations of that other IRA, the Russian Federation’s state-linked Internet Research Agency, may have failed to inadvertently bring about the downfall of the US president Donald Trump but it and other internet troll-farms are certainly keeping busy. Take the European edition of Politico, the centre-right American politics website, where the most prolific commentators on the subject of Brexit and Ireland are named “O’Brien”, “O’Toole” and “McGregor”. These individuals offer screeds of semi-coherent, copy-and-paste diatribes against the supposed evils of the European Union and the necessity for a “free Britain” while being conspicuously uninterested in any other stories related to the Emerald Isle. C’mon tovarishchi, at least make an effort. Meanwhile, following the failure of Robert Mueller’s dog to issue a growl let alone a bark, and the very public troubles of limelight-chasing Trump critic Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer, a 2020 run by the current incumbent of the White House is growing ever more likely.