Posted on November 9th, 2016
by Rab Bruce’s Spider
Amidst all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the result of the US Presidential Election, here are a few things to consider.
The first is that pandering to people’s baser instincts still works as an election strategy.
The second is that many people are so fed up with the way neo-liberal dominance of political thinking has treated them, they are prepared to vote for anything that offers the promise of change.
The third, and most worrying for people living in the UK, is that Trump’s election will only spur on the extreme Right Wing xenophobes who currently pose as our Government. They have a few years’ head start on Trump but will no doubt take his election as confirmation that their brand of hatred is what the voters want. Sadly, given the most recent Opinion Polls which give the Tories a very substantial lead, they are justified in holding that view. We can only hope that the Opinion Polls are as wrong about that as they have been about most recent election results.
Still, these are worrying times, and things will probably get a lot worse before they get better.