Well, no, I don’t think so really

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson could be leading the English-speaking world by Christmas

I’m really pretty sure that Obama stops being President next January. Barring some disaster which gives us Joe Biden instead.

14 thoughts on “Well, no, I don’t think so really”

  1. What a time to be alive.

    Boris is a pretty poor substitute for the Golden Don, but can’t be worse than Dave or Jezza.

  2. And Marine le Pen will be leading the French speaking world and Geert Wilders will be leading the Dutch speaking world but Mrs Merton will still be leading the huns.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Kevin B – “And Marine le Pen will be leading the French speaking world”

    Marion not Marine! Now there is a politician I could support.

    And why not? The Serious People have comprehensively failed. Bring on the Clowns. Or the totty as the case may be.

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    By the way, Zac Goldsmith is supporting the Out case as well.

    http://www.cityam.com/235085/eu-referendum-the-european-union-has-shown-it-is-not-willing-to-reform-its-time-for-us-to-leave

    Now that is what I call a dilemma. Given Zac is invariably wrong about everything, should I support the pro-EU case?

    I think I will argue that although Goldsmith is a prize idiot when it comes to the environment, breeding will out in the end and so the fact that he is descended from a family that has served the UK for generations means he will come around to the right cause in the end. More so because the other side of the family involved a deluded crypto-Fascist loon who may or may not have funded an attempted coup in the UK during the 1970s. Class on both sides.

  5. In the event of an untimely presidential demise after the elections, would a Veep take precedence over a President-elect? Seems hardly worth the bother of getting the removal men in. More seriously on two occasions (in WWI and after Agnew resigned as VP) there were manoeuvres in place to change the succession in place if required. Wilson set out plans that if he were to lose the election with the war in full swing, if his opponent won Wilson would appoint his opponent to be Secretary of State (which at the time was the 2nd in line after the VP), and then he and the VP would resign immediately. When Spiro Agnew resigned as VP and it looked as though the Speaker of the House (a Democrat) might become President if Nixon was removed from office or resigned, the Speaker said that he would only take over as President until a Republican was nominated. As it happened Ford was appointed VP before Nixon resigned, so the matter didn’t come to a head. There is no reason why something similar shouldn’t happen if a President dies after an election and there is another President with a popular mandate..

  6. “Now that is what I call a dilemma. Given Zac is invariably wrong about everything, should I support the pro-EU case?”

    To quote Dearime: “Politician does right thing for wrong reason: Shokku!”

    Alternatively: the go/stay binary choice is one driven by so many factors, preferences and ideological precepts, it’s hardly surprising there’d be some strange bedfellows in either camp (qv Galloway debate yesterday).

    It’s another reason why the EU question is so not similar to the Scots referendum people keep comparing it to. Scottish independence is a niche issue for a small country. This one is profound for all parties. The Scots in/out groups were straightforward in composition and broke broadly along national lines: Europe is a real crosscutting issue.

  7. Dear Mr Worstall

    “Barring some disaster which gives us Joe Biden instead.”

    Does that mean you think Mr Biden would be worse than that nice Pres Obama?

    DP

  8. So Much For Subtlety said:
    … Goldsmith … “the other side of the family involved a deluded crypto-Fascist loon who may or may not have funded an attempted coup in the UK during the 1970s.”

    Which one was that?

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