Trump on the classics…

The New Yorker has a great list of imagined Tweets by Donald Trump on literary classics:

@realDonaldTrump
Weak Hamlet should stop moaning about past and get on with his life. All talk, no action! King Claudius has my full support.

@realDonaldTrump
Successful businessmen should be left alone by boring ghosts and sad employees. Bob Cratchit is a loser. No enthusiasm! Also . . .

@realDonaldTrump
No one is saying Owl and Pussycat can’t be together, just don’t rub it in our face. And the boat is an embarrassment!

@realDonaldTrump
Wolf well within rights to evict disgusting pigs from below-code structures.

Read the full list here.

Ha ha ha!

Donald Trump, through some freak accident, is President-Elect in the US. It’s a joke on a global scale that has the whole world laughing, cringing, and crying by turns. But, the last step and possible obstacle in confirming him in office, the Electoral College, has just gone along with the whole thing: The Electoral College has failed America and democracy in electing Donald Trump.

It’s a joke right?

Adult, responsible people who are the custodians of US ‘democracy’ have put the rubber stamp on his accession to the office of President.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

I can think of no other response.

Merry Christmas everyone, it may be our last!

Joke of the year?

The perfect depiction of the UK political climate:

“A banker, a Daily Mail reader, a Tory MP and a Polish cleaner are sitting at a table sharing 12 biscuits.

The banker grabs 11 of them and scoffs the lot.

The Tory MP leans over to the Daily Mail reader and whispers: ‘Watch out! That Polish cleaner is trying to steal your biscuit.”

Pinched from today’s Independent.

“We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?”

I love Matthew Whittle’s suggestion in The Guardian that William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is the perfect Christmas gift this year, as it so precisely describes post-Brexit Britain:

It’s the story of a society in which democracy descends into tribalism and tyranny. One of a civilisation built by those committed to the rule of law who turn on each other, scapegoating the marginalised and powerless. Ultimately, it’s a reminder of a human barbarism lying just beneath the fragile veneer of decency.

I’ve not read the book since secondary school, but his analysis this rings true to me. So many times recently, I’ve watch political debates and wondered if a) children might do a better job of running the country, and b) if the country were not in fact actually run by a lot of frightened children.

But both options suggest that we should perhaps forgive our naive ‘leaders’ for their desperate attempts to seem like adults – something that I’m not inclined to do with so much at stake.