Soundtrack : Killing Joke : Pylon – only songs of apocalypse make any sense this morning…
1. The world is now orange. These are dark and dangerous times. Time to baton down the hatches. Watching the American election is a strange and dark trip – it’s like watching an election for your new leader in a country you don’t live in or get a vote in (despite paying tax when you tour there) for a president that will change your life and who has little understanding.
2. When all you can hang onto is that maybe the Trump campaign rhetoric was a bluff but probably wasn’t then you know you are in truly scary times. Will he now build the wall and make Mexico pay? it may have been a symbolic twitter style statement – like coming in from the pub trying to wind people up with twit-blat but it’s a powerful image for whichever side of the equation you are on. Which side of the wall are you now on?
3. It feels like the night Reagan got in but far worse.
4. Polarised by the internet everything is black and white – every opinion is magnified for maximum affect and then exaggerated by someone else. Everything is polarised. It’s a race to the bottom.
5. In these times of post politics anyone can have a go – Brand Trump is, in many ways, the perfect modern politician – he has nothing to lose and everything to gain. He stands for nothing apart from himself and everyone cheers. He is a champion of the ‘fuck you’ heart of the modern times. Like the odious Michael Gove said we don’t need ‘experts’. The 21st century has now arrived and old politics is dead.
6. Twitter politics – complex issues reduced to 145 characters. Manifestos made up of ‘yeah!’ or ‘no!’ or ‘me, me me…’ In many ways Trump is the rock n roll president – the narcissistic, selfish, greedy, whining, self pitying white male rearguard of old school rock n roll transported into the twitter age.
7. Celeb culture overload – fame wins everything. 21st century politics is now X factor politics played out in TV studios that resemble celeb culture world – all garish lights and scripted sound bites with face recognition and looking good on camera more important than doing the boring stuff like the paperwork. No-one believes in anything any more – conspiracy theories replace policy, confusion is everywhere and everything is a lie – the last truth is celebrity.
8. Which bit of a billionaire property developer is not ‘elite’ – disaffection with politicians and establishment is one thing but replacing them with billionaire spoilt playboy Trump is bizarre. The outsider schtick has really worked but Trump, like Farage in the UK, is hardly the plucky outsider. It plays well to a jaded, disengaged and summering angry electorate who rightly feel disenfranchised but come up with the wrong answer to the right questions and feel stuck on the outside but their new champions are even more ivory tower. All the Trump-talk of the blue collar worker is plain odd, he’s just another billionaire machine spreading false hope and hoovering up the dollars. He’s hardly going to end austerity or raise the standard of living is he?
9. Clinton was the wrong candidate – when everyone you know says they are voting for a candidate as the ‘lesser of two evils’ you know you have real problems.
10. What next? prime minister Farage?