I was listening to US talk radio host Michael Savage yesterday, and he’d already gotten disenchanted with Donald Trump, seeing the kind of people who were now making their pilgrimage to Trump Tower. Reince Priebus. Mitt Romney. I guess that the way he sees it, the Trump White House will be full of the usual retread politicians, and it’ll all be business as usual. Nothing ever changes.
I’m not so sure myself. I think Trump needs to mend a few fences. I think he had to call in these people and talk to them. After all, he’s going to be working with them for the next four years. I’ll wait and see what Trump actually does before passing judgement. He hasn’t taken office yet, after all.
I’m not going to pass judgement on Theresa May either, for the exact same reason. I’ve thought for months that if Hillary Clinton became US president, the UK would be forced to stay in the EU, and it was really only with Trump that there’d be a strong impetus to leave. But then, if Michael Savage is right, and a Trump administration turns out to be just like any other administration in recent years, there may be no impetus at all.
The euro tumbled against both the pound and the dollar today, as fears for the bloc’s future gathered pace.
Markets are gearing up for political and financial turmoil if Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi loses the vote, as expected, over constitutional reform.
The last poll ahead of the vote gave the ‘no’ campaign against reforms a five per cent lead.
It is thought an anti-euro party could replace the leader, sparking contagion in Spain and Portugal.
The other vote this coming Sunday is in Austria. I’m expecting anti-euro and anti-EU parties to start winning big everywhere in Europe over coming days and months.
JEAN-CLAUDE JUNCKER has begged EU leaders not to hold in-out referendums because he fears it will backfire and voters will choose to LEAVE.
The beleaguered European Commission president gave the desperate cry to members as the EU superstate dream slips from Brussels’ grasp following Britain’s momentous Brexit vote.
Terrified Mr Juncker admitted he knows European’s have a “lack of love” for the Brussels club.
His desperate plea come as Austria’s presidential favourite, Norbert Hofer, threatened to hold a referendum to cut ties with the crumbling bloc if he takes power this weekend.
Just as Donald Trump attracted voters in the American “rust belt”, anti-mass migration Freedom Party (FPÖ) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer is receiving huge support from Austria’s disaffected working class.
The American Midwest has the “rust belt” – a collection of states once booming with heavy industry from shipping to steel mills and factories. The Austrian equivalent is Obersteiermark – a region south of the capital of Vienna where many jobs have long gone, in part due to globalisation, which has led to working class people flocking to anti-establishment candidate for president Norbert Hofer, reports newspaper Der Standard.
For “disaffected working class”, I always read “smokers”. After all, it’s only the working class that smokes these days, isn’t it? The middle classes have long since cleaned up their act. Decades of antismoking brainwashing have seen to that.
It’s the “disaffected working class” (i.e. the 150 million smokers) of Europe who are going to oust the entrenched political class. Not that the political class will ever notice, as it carries on making mad imperialistic plans:
EU’s Brexit chief says bloc needs to become EMPIRE with an ARMY to take back control
THE European Union (EU) needs to become an “empire” with its own army and more control to take on Donald Trump, a leading liberal MEP said.
Guy Verhofstadt, the EU Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, said the Brussels’ club needs to become more efficient as it is “always acting too little too late”.
The former Belgian Prime Minister and current leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe warned the EU told IBTimes UK: “If Trump goes in the direction of more protectionism, we should speed up our trade negotiations with Mexico, Japan and all the other countries that we are negotiating with at the moment.
“The same with defence. Let’s create a European defence union, let’s take on our responsibilities.
“Let’s become an empire, an empire of the good and not of the bad.”
If the EU really does start to disintegrate, Brexit will become inevitable. For there’ll be nothing left to Remain inside. Maybe it’ll revert to being the EEC? I could live with that.
And the next European crisis is coming this Sunday.