A Total Failure But…

I know it is positively absurd to quote oneself but last November after Trump won the White House I did write a piece about it: http://baldysblog.co.uk/2016/11/09/trump-wins-the-oval-office/ and I ended it with the following which is worth repeating as we move forward :

“In the end, Trump may well surprise us all and get positive change going both at home and abroad, let’s hope so even though there must be a suspicion that he is likely to be just another windbag. Either way he is now on the big stage, it is now time for him to perform…” Continue Reading →

Merkel Speaks Out

There is an article in The Economist about Angela Merkel’s comments at a Bavarian political rally that Europe no being able to rely on the USA or the UK any longer and that Europe must forge its own destiny and such like stuff: http://www.economist.com/blogs/kaffeeklatsch/2017/05/what-s-brewing-germany

Whilst unusual for a cautious woman, her comments should be seen in the context of the early days of German election campaigning plus a recent brush with “The Donald” at both NATO and the G7. Continue Reading →

Surely Impeachment Beckons Now ?

My views on the now former head of the FBI, James Comey and his behaviour over the Clinton private email server I have already written about last year – http://baldysblog.co.uk/2016/10/30/misconduct-in-high-office/

That he deserved to be removed from his job back then, was obvious but for Donald Trump to do so now whilst citing Comey’s behaviour back then which Trump praised loudly at the time, is little short of a totally stupid act by “The Donald” and may well prove fatal to the Trump Presidency. Continue Reading →

Quo Vadis President Trump ?

It has been an interesting week in terms of International politics and all centred on one man, the President of the United States, Donald Trump. I must be honest and say that to a large extent, I have felt rather cheered by events if only because he is demonstrating an ability to be a bit unpredictable and far more pragmatic compared with Obama and that has unsettled his adversaries.

But what is perhaps more interesting is the signs that Donald Trump is indeed learning on the job and making some positive ‘adjustments’ as he goes which is no bad thing either. Continue Reading →

The Right Call

As in any negotiation, there are often doubts as to which path to follow, which ‘thing’ to push and which to hold back on but sometimes and once you have taken a decision, you can get confirmation that you were right by the reaction of others. When Boris Johnson announced that he was calling off his trip to Moscow, the voices of minnows such as Tim Farron and Alex Salmon criticising him were just the utterings of a pair of born losers but the amount of noise being generated by the Russians is proof of having made a good call.

Given the situation, like moving a piano, there can only be one voice directing how things are moved, one voice to ensure that there are no misunderstandings because the stakes are far too high to allow for any error and right now that has to be an American voice. Continue Reading →

Bring It All On

In his first week in Office, Donald Trump has been signing Executive Orders like mad all designed to show his supporters that he fully intends to live up to the promises he made on the campaign trail. The consequences of most of these will be catastrophic to comical but believe it or not, this is a ‘good thing’ because in one way or another it will publicly demonstrate the limits to his power and this may well be a deliberate tactic on his part.

We have all the usual UK domestic political suspects raging about Theresa May not ‘condemning’ the 90 day ban on refugees and people from specific Muslim countries but Realpolitik says that she was right to hold back on that and common sense also dictates caution, rushing to judgement may prove to be very foolish in the end. Continue Reading →

A Change is Coming

I’m no fan of Donald Trump but to be fair to the roughly 50% of American voters that did bother to cast their ballot, they really didn’t have much of a choice as both candidates were distinctly lacklustre in one way or another. However unlikely it seemed 12 months ago, “The Donald” ended up with the job and has been duly inaugurated.

Clearly we have no idea what kind of President he will be, as I wrote to my Uncle who lives over there: “… either Trump is the thin skinned, egotistical narcissist he appears to be in which case and given “The American Way” of doing things, he won’t last long then it will be “Hail President Pence” or…he might turn out to be a very smart President who really achieves great things, only time will tell.” Continue Reading →

Trump Wins the Oval Office

They say a country always gets the government it deserves and Trump’s victory is no exception though what it actually means in practical terms only time will tell though I am sure that “The Markets” will go in a tail spin over it all as people ponder the link, if any between Trump’s rhetoric and practical reality .

What is certainly true is that this has been by far the most depressing American election I can ever remember between two truly awful candidates, the most interesting thing will be to see how following such a divisive contest there can be a binding up of the deep wounds that have opened up during the course of it right across the USA. Continue Reading →

Misconduct in High Office

Having been in the USA a month ago, I have already posted my take on the “Ugly Pageant” that is the current Presidential race : http://baldysblog.co.uk/2016/09/23/very-loud-and-noisy/ so no point in further comments on it specifically.

However and whilst no fan of Hilary Clinton, I find the last minute intervention of the Director of the FBI in an all too obvious “political move” aimed to disadvantage one candidate little short of astonishing. Snap polls indicate a loss of support for Clinton when this obvious partisan intervention should surely mean that an intelligent electorate would swing behind her. Continue Reading →

Very Loud and Noisy

I am very fond of Americans, at the personal level over the years that I have visited and for a period, worked and lived in the US, I have largely been always treated with great kindness. This time on a visit to Washington State to see my uncle ‘Nuncky’ and his wife Jean, I have arrived at an interesting if slightly depressing moment in time, the 2016 US Presidential Election.

I write depressing simply because neither candidate inspires great confidence, one has probably been around too long, the other a total lunatic. To outsiders, Presidential races are rather odd in the extreme but this one seems rather odder than ever, even to US voters. A choice between two people who in different ways are equally objectionable and one suspects that in the end the winner rather than inspiring the voters will only be elected as the least worse choice rather than the best for the job. Continue Reading →