With first Brexit, and now Trump, I have the sense that a spirit of revolt is spreading across the West. I’m looking forward to seeing a bushfire of similar revolts spreading across Europe. Revolts against authority, revolts against top-down control, revolts against social engineering, revolts against the entrenched political elites. These things are catching: when people see other people doing something, they’re inclined to think that they could do it too. It gives them ideas.
Certainly Marine Le Pen in France seems to have taken courage from the revolt of the rosbifs in England against the EU. And the odds of her winning the French presidency next year have been shortening. After my audacious bet on Trump, I’m wondering whether to place an even more audacious bet on her (although 7/4 odds from Paddy Power aren’t very good).
I don’t know very much about her, to be honest – except that she smokes. She seems to be regarded as being politically extreme – but then so was Trump, and so is UKIP. When Nigel Farage was in Europe, he was building alliances with Italy’s 5 Star, but refused to do so with the Front National. I think maybe it was because her father, who’s been kicked out of the party, was antisemitic (or regarded as antisemitic), and the bad odour lingers.
And who better to be the leaders of the revolt than smokers? For by the very act of smoking, smokers are in revolt against all the authorities that are trying to cajole and bully and bludgeon them into stopping smoking. Lighting a cigarette is a small act of defiance.
And I think that smoking is part of smokers’ identity. It’s part of who they are. It’s part of who they are in the same way that being American or English or French is part of people’s identity. The revolt that is gathering strength is a revolt of unique personal identity against drab politically-correct uniformity. It’s uniformitarian globalist unionists against unique nativist separatists. And it’s only going to intensify.
However, the Brexit vote has yet to be translated into actual secession from the EU by Britain. And what Trump’s presidency will actually be like has yet to emerge. Why is Trump meeting with Mitt Romney? Why is John Bolton being talked about? Worse still, what’s Tony Blair doing?
Tony Blair has dismissed as ‘beyond speculation’ claims he is being lined up as an advisor to Donald Trump after he was spotted having lunch with the president elect’s influential son-in-law.
Mr Blair dined with Jared Kushner, who is married to Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka, at fashionable hotel restaurant in New York. The Telegraph can disclose that Mr Blair and Mr Kushner, who is now being viewed as the ‘kingmaker’ of the incoming White House team, have known each other for “several years”.
Although Blair seems to be saying some fairly sensible things:
Donald Trump’s election win is the beginning of a new “reality” that politicians in the West must come to terms with, Tony Blair has said.
The former prime minister said Mr Trump’s triumph in the US presidential election was an “earthquake” and his rhetoric on immigration had shifted the political scene…
“If people think that their communities and their societies are being changed without them being part of the debate about it, without them being engaged, then they will feel angry and fearful,” he said.
Well, certainly us smokers are angry and fearful – and we have very good reason to be, given the attempts being made to change us without us being part of the debate. The only thing I’d add is that I don’t see why there should be social engineering attempts to change communities and societies, or any debate about how to do it. The job of politicians should be to represent their constituents, not to change them or change society. But then Blair is very much one of the top-down-controlling political class of recent decades, who see it as their job to remake the world.
With all sorts of mainstream politicians now circling around Trump, and trying to win places in his administration, the political class may well be trying to subvert his administration from within. And maybe they’ll succeed. If a Trump administration is full of the same old faces, it’s quite likely to turn into the same old administration all over again, just with Trump kept locked in the Oval Office while they run things they way they always did.
But one very good thing that Trump has already succeeded in doing, it seems to me, is to have brought the Russians in from the cold, and brought the new “Cold War” of recent years to an end before he’s even taken office. There’s already a palpable thaw in process.
All I can do is to carry on revolting in every way I can possibly think of. And that includes rejecting the EU, rejecting global warming, and carrying on smoking. And in that manner carry on being me, rather than whatever these bastards want me to be.