On both sides of the Great Pond, today has been an interesting one for Twitter trends.
Hillary Clinton has decided – in the interests of Democratic Party unity – to tell the media that, when it comes to Bernie Sanders, “Nobody likes him”.
I’m thinking hard for the correct idiomatic response to that one. “A hostage to fortune” doesn’t even get close….any more than “People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”. You’d have to go to the extremities and invent something new like, “Sticking out a bubble-gum chin while offering free pins”, or perhaps, “Folks who stand by and let Islamist mobs kill ambassadors should leave their anti-Semitism at home”.
The best decision the American People ever made was to reject Hillary. The price of Donald Trump as President was a minor expense involved in the transaction.
By contrast, the current 24-hour period has been deemed (by those who adopt such things) as Squirrel Appreciation Day.
The trouble with this idea is that there are squirrels and – as it were – squirrels. Should we, for example, appreciate the thoroughly downtrodden Red Squirrels as well as their not entirely nice cousins, the Grey Squirrels?
Being myself a supporter of Squirrels of Colour (I think of grey as a mere fiftieth of a shade involved in feminist literary porn) I feel that the serial genocidal imperialism of Greys is less than replete with things to appreciate: their zero tolerance of gentle LGBTQ Reds is something I abhor, and should be stamped out by the forces of liberal progressive nature what I represent.
In a video message to supporters, the Birmingham Yardley Labour MP Jess Phillips today said the next leader had to be able to unite the whole Labour movement. Ms Phillips said she had to “be honest with herself” – and this she proceeded to be by saying, “that person is not me.”
Thus, Jess has finally come to terms with the reality that she is a thoroughly divisive and confrontational gender bigot.
In recognition of her selfless and searing honesty, other candidates bidding to take on the Frankenstein mantle of breathing life into the rotting body parts of minority collectivism paid tribute to Ms Phillips’ decision to get out of the way. Keir Stürmer praised her “real courage” for standing, saying she would “play a huge part in the future of our party”, but almost certainly not in his Shadow Cabinet. Lisa Nandy said she was “Sorry to see Jess drop out” and would welcome a long period of quite reflection from the Birmingham MP.
Yesterday having been Martin Luther King Day in the US, Democratic presidential candidates in turn briefly put aside their mutual hatred, and marched arm in arm through the streets of South Carolina’s capital to ensure they could earn a slice (however meagre) of Dr King’s legacy.
On a point of information: in 2016, the Black Vote failed to turn up for Hillary…her predecessor Barack Obama (a black man) having signally failed, over two terms, to do anything substantive for African Americans.
On a further point of information: black voters will make up a majority of the Democratic primary vote in South Carolina on Feb. 29. Joe Biden has a strong lead in South Carolina polls and is widely favored among black voters. None of his rivals took him on frontally on Monday, but instead sought to make the case to African-Americans in South Carolina about how the next president could benefit their interests.
That is all.
The 17 year old climate expert Greta Thunberg has declared that you, me and the gatepost have just eight years to save the planet.
In 1972, I read the seminal book Only One Earth that claimed we had thirty years to do it. 2002 came and went, and nothiing happened.
On August 10th 1969, the New York Times said the planet would be locked in an ice age by 2000.
On April 16th 1970, the Boston Globe reported that American would have water rationing by 1974, and food rationing by 1980.
On July 18th 1976, the New York Times declared that acid rain would kill all lake-borne life forms by 1980.
In 1970, North Texas State University asserted that ‘Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.’
During 2018, more people on Earth died of obesity related diseases than famine.
Go to bed tonight, and sleep well.