Posted 23rd January 2017
My first blog of 2017 and I’m wondering where to begin. Actually, that’s not true. To use the latest euphemism for a falsehood to emerge from the Trump administration, I presented an ‘alternative fact’. It’s not a hard decision at all; there really is only one (more...)
Posted 5th May 2016
Is President Trump: their worst nightmare?
One could almost feel sorry for the Republican Party, except they're such an irredeemable disgrace that they deserve no sympathy. The depths of the self-serving, small-minded, boundlessly greedy to which they have sunk are a far cry from the party and the (more...)
author of The Robin Gibson series
from 'Some Kind Of Happiness'
With perfect timing, the waiters arrived with their steaks,
permitting Nathan to take stock and Robin to anticipate his friend’s verdict. The thing about Nathan was that he rarely disappointed. If he had something to tell you, it
was entertaining; if he had an
observation to make, it could be pithy, wise, surprising or
completely off the wall - in any combination.
“I won’t pretend that I’m not saddened by what you’ve told me,
Robin,” Nathan said, as he
regarded his plate appreciatively. “You see, apart from our initial meeting at Darren’s - over four years ago? - I have always thought of the two of you as ‘together’. It gave me immense pleasure to know that - to be reassured by that, by the knowledge that it was possible for two gay men to be in an enduring relationship.”
Posted 21st June 2017
Suicide by President
We British have long understood that bulls and china shops don't go together well. It is not a lesson so readily grasped in the US. Perhaps they have no tradition of retailing china. Bulls earned this unfortunate reputation for damaging the stock when often all they really wanted was to return faulty goods or find the way out. The Trump bull is in a different category; its sole purpose is to wreck the store and, thus far, has been making a pretty good job of it.
If nothing else, the clue to the bull-like disposition of incumbent 45 lay in the trail of shit he left in his wake wherever he went. He is and, importantly, always has been a rampaging disaster. A failed 'businessman' (count the bankruptcies, creditors and lawsuits), his successes, such as they are in achieving minimal growth of the 'empire' left to him by good old dad, were achieved not through acumen, high ideals, pursuing best practice, playing by the rules or a desire to strike the best deals for all parties but, instead, through a combination of scams, con-tricks, fraud, bullying and blatant lies that left only one winner - Trump - itself often debatable in balance sheet terms.
This should come as a surprise to no one. The evidence was there in plain sight for all to see. But if there's one lesson we've learned from the last election it's that if you tell people what they want to hear, play to their fears and prejudices and repeat the same lies often enough, you will be believed. It matters not that you lack experience and credentials. It's irrelevant that your claim to be a successful businessman is a total sham. Who cares if you’re a misogynist and a serial molester of women? So what if most of the claims you made during the election campaign were demonstrably false? Or that your language is that of the average 5th grader, whilst your below average intelligence and knowledge and limited attention span suggest your place at that Ivy League college you brag about couldn’t have been earned. And we accept your textbook narcissism and total lack of empathy; after all, you do have feelings - only for yourself, of course - but at least they’re the real thing.
That none of this mattered to enough people to avert the crisis in which America finds itself is arguably more shocking than the nature of the man at the centre of it. It’s as if, while the balance of its mind was disturbed, America attempted to commit suicide by President and is now in intensive care.
So, congratulations, Donald Trump! America is deeply mired in a catastrophe of its own making, its beacon of hope extinguished. You are now seen by the rest of he world variously as embarrassing, flakey, unreliable and an existential threat to peace. Your definition of 'Great' has the nation more divided than at any time since the Civil War and you exacerbate that division through your inept appointments to key posts and spiteful, systematic rolling-back of Barack Obama’s enlightened legacy. [Sorry, I know you hate to hear that but then you won’t have a legacy - other than damage, discrimination, hate, greed and treachery - nor a presidential library, although your tweets will live on, if only in testimony against you.] And let’s not forget the unwavering support for you in Congress - the stalwart efforts of a GOP that have completely lost the plot - ironic as they’re such experts at plotting - and have sold what remained of their integrity to show their true colours by putting party firmly before Country. The health care bill they are currently writing in secret and hope to pass unscrutinised will leave millions without cover. That thousands will suffer and many die every year as a direct result of their callous, avaricious abandonment of their obligations and all decency troubles them - and you - not one jot.
And if all that wasn’t awful enough, you are now under investigation by Special Counsel and, almost certainly, the FBI. It can’t be nice for you, especially with your disposition. You think everyone hates you and is out to get you. You know what? There’s a reason for that. You and your friends have been very bad and the chickens are coming home to roost …except, in your case, it’s a flock of American bald eagles and they’re going to cover you with crap. So why don’t you do yourself a favour, for once, and resign ..and take your vile, sanctimonious VP with you. The God you both pretend to believe in has seen through your hypocrisy and is prepared to authorise bulk dispensation. There is no way this can end well for you so go while you can, before you receive a different escort of men in black from the one you're used to. And one last thought: when Hollywood gets round to making movies about this unfortunate chapter in US political history - as they surely will - your character is likely to be pure CGI, because it’s just too hideous to be portrayed believably by an actor.
“Nation going into shock. Where’s that stomach pump? What do you mean they’ve got no health insurance?”
Posted 31st May 2016
So, it finally seems as though Hilary Clinton might be staring at a different reality from the one she had anticipated as the "anointed one" - the one who had received enough nods and winks, in return for favours and promises, to secure the Party's (more...)
Posted 29th May 2016
It was good to see Chinese officials react so promptly to the plight of the schoolchildren of Atelier village in the remote western province of Sichuan. The 15 children, aged between 6 and 15, faced a perilous climb of some 800 metres up a sheer cliff (more...)
I have suspended my blogging to free more time for my work on the Robin Gibson novels but I am quite active on Twitter where there is more than sufficient commentary on the issues in which I have been and continue to be interested.