So the news media are full of the fact that Donald Trump is likely to be the next Republican Party Candidate for election as President of the United States of America.
Should we be so surprised? After all, he has been making the running for months now; spending more than any other Republican, and getting seen on more tv channels than any of his rivals.
None of this is surprising. The man is a billionaire property developer and owner of a tv company. He should know what he’s doing.
On the other hand, the Americans have a Washington insider.
And how ‘inside’ can a person be, when that person is married to a former President of the United States of America? Will she know how to ‘get things done’, or will she simply make the same mistakes as every predecessor she’s ever had or aspires to have?
From where I sit, it seems that established politics are soon to be a thing of the past. Thanks to social media – and even this blog – we can all have our say on whatever we feel strongly about.
We can Tweet our views to millions, or vote for whoever takes our fancy. In the UK, today, we shall be voting for a number of local councils and mayors. We have choice.
But the Americans have little or no choice. Their’s is a system unlike ours. Their main parties will choose who’s going to be on the ticket come November. And their main parties will – unless they are hampered in any way – choose the candidate most likely to win for them.
So we are likely to see a Donald Trump v Hillary Clinton election, come November.
What a prospect!
A billionaire v an insider; a man with no political experience against a woman whose experience knows no bounds. A man who hates Muslims against a woman who allowed Muslims to rise up all over the Middle East and North Africa. A war-monger against an appeaser.
No wonder the American people are confused. And confused enough to turn blind eyes to the candidates who, knowing how the system works, can bend that system to their will and ‘get things done’.
I fear whoever comes next. And, as a result, I fear for the world.