Monday, 14 November 2016

What Does The First B Stand For?

I hate to break the news to the BBC, and indeed to the London media generally.

But people who voted or would have voted for Donald Trump, and people who voted or would have voted for Hillary Clinton, do not between them cover the full range of political opinion in this country.

Indeed, they represent very small minority positions in this country.

Most supporters of either main party, just for a start, could not in good conscience have voted for either of those candidates.

Theresa May might just about have forced herself to vote for Clinton, although only at quite a push.

But Jeremy Corbyn could not conceivably have voted for Clinton or Trump.

This is not only about the American Presidential Election, although that has thrown the problem into sharp relief.

The economically neoliberal and internationally interventionist "centre" was never very large, and it has been shrinking, even from that base, for at least a decade.

Nor is the only alternative to it the kind of at least ostensibly right-wing demagoguery that the BBC has been overexposing throughout that period.

It is no wonder that Fox News billed the seven times failed parliamentary candidate Nigel Farage as the Leader of the Opposition.

The producer must have been watching the BBC.

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