Establishment figures in both countries are now flailing about, wondering what went wrong and desperate to restore their traditional power in society.
And in the United Kingdom, this has taken the form of a prolonged campaign by the Remainers to reverse or rerun the June referendum which resulted in a handsome win for those who want to quit the European Union.
And if that is not a disgraceful attack on what they are pleased to call democracy, I don’t know what is.
I have a lot of time for Sir John Major. He is clear, concise and generous. And I think his premiership will be seen in the future in a far more kindly light than it is today.
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But I am afraid I cannot share his view about the “tyranny of the majority” in relation to Brexit. It was a substantial victory for Brexiteers and must be allowed to stand. Sir Winston Churchill used to say that a majority of one vote was enough!
Tony Blair has now joined in, implying that Brexit could be beaten. What arrogance it is to suggest that millions of British voters did not understand what they were voting for.
Thank goodness the Prime Minister is unswayed by this campaign and is insisting the British public will get what they voted for.
The idea that the clear result of a referendum, approved by Parliament, should be overturned as a result of a campaign by bad losers, is abhorrent.
- Could we be reading about “Mr President Pence” before the end of this decade? I ask this because some experienced political observers are seriously suggesting that because President-elect Donald Trump’s business activities are so multifarious and universal, that he may, with the best will in the world, find it difficult, if not impossible, to operate properly in the White House without trespassing on his own personal interests.
It is therefore being suggested that should he (even inadvertently) breach the presidential rules over “personal interest”, then he could face impeachment, which might see him out of office before the end of the first four years of what he hopes will be an eight-year presidency.
And should that happen, Vice-President-elect Mike Pence would be the most likely person to occupy the Oval Office.
This is not so fanciful as it may sound. Even so, Trump is a past master at dealing with such problems. Watch this space!
- Top Tories, including even the Prime Minister and Chancellor Philip Hammond, have been ticked off by a fellow Conservative MP for making jokes about Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary. For heaven’s sake!
Jake Berry, a Johnson ally, has claimed that such jokes damage Johnson’s standing in the world and thus also Britain’s international reputation.
That, of course, is absolute codswallop. Boris has established his political reputation, at least in part, by making constant jokes himself about his colleagues. He cannot expect to be, nor would he want to be, immune from such banter himself. None of it is malicious. Mr Berry should lighten up and pursue more sensible activities than indulge in this kind of claptrap.