The unthinkable has come to pass, Donald Trump is president elect of the US. The world is in shock and America’s socially liberal society is reeling in confusion, how could this happen, what does it mean and what hope is there for the future?
I flagged Mr Trump as a serious concern relatively early in the election cycle, hearing populist noise that diametrically conflicts with my own beliefs and values. Yet, now that he is elected I find myself oddly sanguine about the situation, let me explain why. Continue reading
So, the impossible happened. It is not only socially liberal society that imagined Donald was unelectable, it is also Donald himself. How many times did he say that the system was rigged against him? It could be argued that by winning he proved the system isn’t rigged, so he no longer needs to govern. But let’s assume he will. How is this going to work out? Let’s consider some hopes and fears. Continue reading
Dear Prime Minister
In the wake of the High Court’s decision against the government this week, I write to express my concern about the state of British society, and your lack of determined leadership at this troubled time.
The vote to Leave was always going to bring social conflict. The emotive nature of the subject and binary nature of the outcome assured this. Even if the win had been clearer, or the vote fairer, Brexit would still have been a tinder box. Your caution over the issue suggests that you Continue reading