The Other I

June 26, 2016

The blonde bombshells

Filed under: Just Stuff,Political thoughts — theotheri @ 4:39 pm


Donald Trump, Republican, running for President in the USA                                  Boris Johnson, Tory, successful leader of UK Brexit


Someone just asked me if I thought these two men had anything in common apart from their blonde mops.  It isn’t a question that had occurred to me.  But now that I think of it, it seems to me that they share a surprising number of things.

  • Both politicians are personally well off financially.  Trump may be several zeroes better off than Johnson, but beyond a certain point, what do a few zeroes on the end of one’s net worth matter?
  • Both politicians are offering far-right solutions to voters who feel disenfranchised by economic changes both global and local, many of whom want to go back to the mythical “good old days” and make their country great again.
  • Both politicians are addressing issues which are often legitimate and which have not always been successfully addressed, or sometimes even recognized, by current governments.
  • Both have made promises to change things if they are successful, promises which unfortunately are sometimes unrealistic, uncosted, or mistaken, and in relation to which they both have begun to row back on.  These include promises about immigration and health care.
  • Trump’s pronouncements have sometimes been openly racist, while that is not true of Johnson personally, although it is true of members in his camp.  Both camps appeal to an anti-immigrant, anti-foreign mentality, and whether they mean to or not, have benefited from it.




  1. one wonderful outcome of recent events…..your extraordinarily thought provoking blogs for which i am grateful k


    Comment by kateritek — June 26, 2016 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

    • What can I say but thank u?


      Comment by theotheri — June 26, 2016 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

  2. Although I don’t think that BoJo is as delusional and dangerous as Trump.


    Comment by sanstorm — June 26, 2016 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  3. Apparently (from what I read in the papers this morning), the Leave campaign leaders hadn’t made any ‘plans’, just a ‘series of promises that were possibilities’. ‘Make America Great’ doesn’t sound very different.


    Comment by psriblog — June 27, 2016 @ 11:51 am | Reply

    • what trump is promising has no possibilities. the art of the deal – move from an extreme and move in to what is possible.


      Comment by kateritek — June 27, 2016 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for sharing the view from over there. I’ve had the same sense as you from British sources. Brexit had no expectations of winning and no plans. Johnson was merely hoping to negotiate himself into a position to achieve the Tory leadership in 2020 when Cameron said he was resigning. In fact, the Brexit leaders even asked Cameron after his defeat to negotiate the Brexit withdrawal from Europe. Cameron told them they would have to do their own dirty work – that he could not negotiate for something he did not believe in.

      I do think Trump does think he might win the presidency but his promises are not realistic. Paradoxically, I have the same problem with Sanders, whose goals I could often agree with. But he doesn’t offer any realistic way of achieving a lot of what he wants. Where is the money going to come from? Taxing the rich is not a bottomless pit of gold.

      There’s a long road ahead before the implications of all this turmoil are sorted out, isn’t there?


      Comment by theotheri — June 27, 2016 @ 2:00 pm | Reply

      • Very true. It is an uncomfortable and inconvenient truth (for me) that Sanders and Trump are two sides of the same coin. That one is a well-meaning do-gooder and the other is a cynical opportunist is neither here nor there. What they are selling is hope without a plan to support it, and that is possibly more dangerous than selling the status quo, which is what Hillary is doing. At least she can deliver on what she’s promising.


        Comment by psriblog — June 27, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

  4. People, I presume, want to see if a diff approach helps. None can deny the presence of the ‘elephant’.

    All these guys making immoderate statements sober up when they occupy the seat of power. They’ll jettison all that bluster.


    Comment by tskraghu — July 25, 2016 @ 10:37 am | Reply

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