Runoff, Anyone?

Phew. That is all one can say, and to hope for better things here as across the pond the Democrats gain a toehold on power in the Senate. I don’t pretend to understand the ins and outs of US politics but it appears that a president is hamstrung without a majority of their party in the Senate – much like the leader of a minority government here. There were two Senate seats up for grabs in yesterday’s vote: one has been taken by a black pastor of the church where Martin Luther King once preached and the other is too close to call. If they win the other the casting vote will lie with Vice-President Kamala Harris, meaning that Biden can now count on getting most of his legislative programme through.

It comes to something when we celebrate with near-euphoria the victory of a man who is, despite what his opponents may say, nowhere near being a socialist. He’s basically a centrist and on the whole no threat to the establishment which in the US is basically big business plus religion. My feeling is that Trump has now thoroughly dished himself and may be dragging his entire party down with him by his refusal to accept the inevitable and his childish and ungracious twitter-tantrums insisting that he won all along. A phone call at the weekend of which a transcript is publicly available records him asking election officials to ‘find’ 11,700 votes. It’s pathetic. Had he been a little more restrained and accepted defeat graciously he might have paved the way for a comeback in 2024. But it’s my belief that after this, no-one will touch him with a barge pole and that his antics may have contributed to the historic turnout and the ‘flipping’ of the state of Georgia.

What does all this mean for us here? Hard to say. The tide is now turning against Johnson; with no Brexit to distract people his dismal record on the pandemic is now becoming clear. People are looking at other European countries and realising that he’s basically fluffed it. There will be a reckoning and when that happens the Tories will pretty smartly get rid of him. Who will replace him is anyone’s guess: Rishi Sunak is more personable but lacks experience and only the clinically insane would suggest Priti Patel. I have nothing whatever against an Asian Prime Minister, it’s just that Patel is the vilest person ever to disgrace the office of Home Secretary. But with no election due for another four years it’s hard to see how there could be a change of government any day soon.

Stay safe out there. Or in there.

Kirk out

8 thoughts on “Runoff, Anyone?

  1. I despair of politics in the Western world. I don’t necessarily have a problem with people choosing politics as a career, rather than a vocation, but from what I can see in this country, the majority of politicians all across the political spectrum aren’t doing it for purely altruistic reasons, but primarily to feather their nests as comfortably as possible, by virtue of the opportunities available to them. I don’t mean that politicians shouldn’t be appropriately [a subjective evaluation, of course] compensated for their efforts, but the power they gain very often does what it is well known to do. The number of current politicians, certainly in Britain, both at national & local level, with demonstrable integrity, rather than an overriding impetus to further their careers, is lamentably small; I would be the first to agree that Jeremy Corbyn is not perfect, but he has been the only political leader of modern times whom I have been prepared to trust, and I was thoroughly disgusted by the right-wing media’s hatchet-job on him before the last election, and even more so by the number of people, including far too many who should have had the gumption to know better, who swallowed it wholesale. There is no opposition to the proto-fascist Tories now: just a supine red Tory, very much in the Bliar mould. To quote Private Fraser: “We’re doomed!” 😉 Cheers, Jon.

  2. These are troubling times all over the world. A time when goodership is needed, but unfortunately, it is in short supply. I’m Australian, and have been impressed by the State Labor party leaders, whose actions have lead to the fantastic low rates of Covid cases through those states.

    Donald Trump went from being a figure of fun, to being a danger to the whole of the United States of America, aa once great nation. As China rises, the USA sinks.

      1. It was supposed to be ‘good leadership’. An example of Google Chrome, and bad checking before hitting ‘send’. Feel free to use the word it you want, we may create a new word!

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