Tuesday 21 February 2017

Trump in the game for his own advancement, not ours

Published 26/11/2016 | 02:30

US president-elect Donald Trump (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
US president-elect Donald Trump (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Lawrence O'Sullivan's conclusion, (Letters, November 24), that the Brexit vote and the Trump victory were not just a result of sexism and racism but also of people voting against the status quo that did not give them a chance to better themselves, is quite correct.

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We do not need to cloud the issue by analysing the economic downturn or expounding on the impact of modernisation and globalisation; it was ever thus. We should not even consider - perhaps condemn in passing, but not consider - the patronising condescension of David Cameron and Hillary Clinton. Neither of these two erstwhile politicians gave thought to any of the concerns, or the economic plight, of a major part of the electorate.

I recall a quote by the Glaswegian Jimmy Reid to the effect that Western politicians in the 1960s were riding on the back of a tiger but didn't dare to try to get off in case the tiger attacked them. So it is now. The world is in crisis for any number of reasons.

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