Wednesday 9 November 2016

Donald Trump is Mayor of Trumpton

Donald Trump is just 4 electoral votes short of the 270 needed to be declared winner of the US presidential election and those votes are in the bag.

The choice facing Americans was a pretty poor one. A Republican nominee who makes Boris Johnson look normal and a Democrat nominee as crooked as her husband.

There were, of course, alternatives to Trump and Clinton as there are in every presidential election but the two party system is so ingrained in the American psyche that they could never win. All that might change over the course of the next few elections with so many people this time voting for one of the candidates just because they're not the other person. Perhaps the most positive thing to come out of Trump's victory is the realisation that you don't have to be a career politician to win elections and that two party politics doesn't work when both the candidates are terrible.

The news will no doubt be awash with reports of people threatening en masse to leave the country and dire warnings of this and that just like the aftermath of the EU referendum but in reality very little will change and tomorrow will be the same as yesterday.