Trump and May and Corbyn

Well 2016 was a year wasn’t it?

So we started 2017 with a US President that apparently nobody wanted, a British Prime Minister who got her job more or less by default, and a Labour Party leader whose own colleagues continue to try to depose. Add to that the rise of the Right across Europe, the squabbling over Brexit and the referendum continuing, and the media-inspired panic about Russia’s intentions and China flexing its muscles. It is looking as if this year is going to be an unmitigated disaster for the world, and will change everything as we know it.

Or will it?

Like it or not, Trump was elected. I don’t like him, but I had little time for Sanders or Clinton either. He has started to do exactly what he said he would do, much to the consternation of those who never believed he would go through with it. So he sends silly tweets, and shows off about the numbers who attended his inauguration. He isn’t very statesmanlike, and still looks somewhat surprised that he is really the president. No surprises there. He may not be allowed to get many of his policies past Congress, but at least he is trying to deliver what he promised, whether we like it or not.

Theresa may won the leadership election and stepped in after Cameron chickened out and left the game like a spoilt child, taking his ball home. Her party was never elected on the basis of her being its leader, and she was firmly against leaving the EU in the past. Yet she stepped up, got on with the job, knuckled down to negotaiting with the EU, and even going so far as to hold hands with Trump, hoping for a beneficial trade deal. Now that’s dedication. I would never vote for her party unless I had senile dementia, but given the alternatives at the moment, she has got to be the best of a bad bunch.

Jeremy Corbyn continues to behave with great dignity, despite so many of his so-called colleagues and former friends doing everything but stick a real knife into his back. That bunch of Tony Blair wannabees are more interested in personal power, than in the integrity of their own, supposedly Socialist, party. But the membership, the real people, those without any political influence, they still believe in him. Unless the whole constitution of the party is changed by the plotters within, they are likely to keep him in charge, so that we might continue to see real policies like nationalisation of industries, free university education, and a properly funded health service. Because once he has gone, you can bet your life his successors will be getting out their neutral coloured ties, and matching them with nice blue suits, as they water down everything to appeal to the confused middle classes.

So what am I saying?

In short, just let them get on with it. ‘Special Relationship’ or not, America is a foreign country. Just because some of them sound a bit like us, and they use an approximation of our language, doesn’t make their business our business. Let Trump rise or fall doing what he said he would do, and history will judge him.
As for Prime Minister May, she seems to be doing well enough, at least for a Conservative. I didn’t want her government, but I am stuck with it. So leave her alone to get on with what we voted for, getting us out of the EU.
And whatever you think of Corbyn, the Labour Party would be a grey place without him in it, and the policies would be hard to separate from those of the government. Besides, the members voted for him, so he should stay. That’s democracy, isn’t it?

Or is Democracy only good when you get what you want?

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16 comments

  1. Eddy Winko

    I’m all for fighting! We live in one world, no matter the country that happens to be your home, and whilst my voice will count for little I will shout as load as I can. Putin, Trump, Erdogan and many others have views and policies that I don’t agree with, democratically elected or not I will always shout, because if you don’t there will never be a revolution!
    You never know Pete, with China taking up the role of the new world power maybe a communist future is ahead of us!

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    • beetleypete

      Nice thoughts, Eddy. i was shouting from 1967 until 2004. I still haven’t seen much result from that, but I enjoyed the process at the time. As for China, they are also watering down their policies to embrace a form of world capitalism that currently suits their purpose. Not that many of us ‘real’ Commies left these days, unfortunately.
      You keep fighting mate. I will be long gone before anything changes. I had my time, and it was a good one. Now I think it is time to leave well enough alone, and just take notice of our own back yards.
      Then again, I am still writing this blog…
      Cheers mate, Pete.

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  2. beetleypete

    Your opinion is always respected by me, Kim, as I am sure that you know. But worldwide repercussions or not, you got him, and we all have to live with what he does, like it or not. If he gets that bad, then presumably he will be impeached? As for my view, I am a foreigner, and I should not really be interfering in US politics, until if and when they affect me seriously enough, or threaten to destabilise the world order, as they did at the time of Vietnam.
    I have a government and leader that I didn’t vote for, and do not like at all. That has been the case for many years, and I have just had to learn to make the best of it. That’s the essence of modern democracy, after all.
    Your opinion is welcome here, and much appreciated too. It is always important to get the alternate view.
    Best wishes as always, Pete.

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  3. By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff

    In regards to Mr. Trump, Pete, I have to respectfully disagree with you. As one of the 3 million people who didn’t vote for him, I’ve watched in dismay as his first week in office has proven that he’s much more dangerous than a mere buffoon. No I’m not surprised at what he’s already accomplished, but that doesn’t make it any less frightening. And I hate to say this, but already some of his “executive actions” are showing worldwide repercussions. So, everyone should be wary of this new Trump World Order, not just Americans. This is just my humble opinion.

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