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At last, it’s all over. For now.

I’ve been waiting a long time to write that headline, or something like it. The recently held, unnecessary, ego-driven election to determine who runs the UK seems to have gone on forever; like some kind of degenerative, wasting illness that has to be endured.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve heard politicians speaking (or in some cases, barking) about almost everything, but we haven’t heard any of the detail we want to hear. For example, there’s been virtually no mention of the kind of country we can expect to be living in. None at all. At least, none that I can relate to.

Instead, we’ve heard only that we can expect ‘strong and stable leadership’ from an administration led by The Maybot, Theresa May, (what a joke that empty mantra seems now, after so many climb-downs on her part!) or one that’s ‘for the many not the few’ from ‘Jezza’ Jeremy Corbyn (at least that one sounds plausible, even though it seems to have been invented by a marketing guru).

It’s still a great shame we were not offered a No Confidence space on the ballot paper. For all that the turnout was encouraging to those that would clutch at any straw blowing in the wind, that’s where a great many Xs would’ve ended up.

After all, do we really want a government lead by a woman who looks and sounds as if she is the product of a machine? One that was made on the home counties production line, with all the small-mindedness that that implies? Do we really want to be governed by a person who, at the outset, looked like a young middle-aged woman dreaming of past glories and future triumphs but, by the end, looked like an old middle-aged woman, broken and sad, contemplating her own mortality?

Do we want a government led by a person who was once described by Ken Clarke as “bloody difficult”? By someone who refuses to debate matters on tv? By someone who tells us that ‘strong leadership’ will be needed in the now-stalled negotiations with the European Union, when we must know (unless we are all ostriches) that She Who Tells Us will not be at the negotiating table herself (just as she wasn’t in the tv debate), but that a person with the mindset of a man like David Davis, who describes Brexit as “the defining issue of our age”, will lead the team? Or might it be a member of the DUP?

Or do we want a government led by a person who, at the outset, looked like a broken old milddle-aged man not knowing what to do with retirement but now looks like a young middle-aged man rejuvenated by the thought that the even younger civil servants will do most of the heavy work, and that there are equally pressing issues, other than the dreary one of  leaving the EU, that have to be attended to?

The Conservatives made almost no mention of Britain’s housing crisis, our failing mental health provisions, or child poverty.

They didn’t even have the guts to present themselves as a team. The Supreme Leader was the only one we were asked to think about.

And now we are stuck with that thought; with her. For another five years, or for as long as it takes for her to change her mind – yet again.

Those of us who can’t abide the woman will – like my late mother who used to turn off the telly every time Mrs Thatcher hove in view – have to bear her as we bore Mrs T and survived. I guess we’ll survive Mrs M.

But will she be remembered? Margaret Thatcher

Now that the election is all over, we can only hope that she will disappear into obscurity.

I doubt there’s much hope of that. We all still recall ‘That Woman’. But Mrs May is likely to be remembered as The One That Got Away. For now.

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Whoever next?

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.

 

 

 

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