November 23, 2016

Trump’s reinvention of politics

Trump’s reinvention of politics

As the left remains beset by collective amnesia, Trump promises to take the political class on a four-year rollercoaster as he sets about reinventing politics as we know it, says Peter Bingle.

I must to admit to still existing in a sort of post Trump euphoria, so perhaps I am not as objective as is normally the case (!), but the Donald Trump transition is one hell of a show. Who needs television when true life is as exciting as this? Politics dull? You must be joking…

I always expected Trump to be less conventional than his predecessors but not only is he playing the game but he is playing a different game to everyone else. And what is fascinating is that all the initial signs are encouraging. Not only is change going to happen, it is going to be dramatic change. All the old rules have been torn up.

The Left are still traumatised and emotional. Facebook is full of tearful folk who seem unable to come to terms with what has happened. They had better calm themselves as they have seen nothing yet.

The Left are also suffering from selective amnesia. They criticise Trump for involving his family in the transition team but fail to remember that their hero JFK appointed his brother Bobby to be Attorney General. Time for a more balanced approach? Of course but it isn’t going to happen.

The President Elect is clearly a fan of Twitter and is using it brilliantly to make his point or to detract attention. Imagine how the crusty old mandarins in the FCO and Number 10 are coping with tweets about who should be our next ambassador to Washington. It is hard not to smile or even chuckle. The make-believe world of The Apprentice and the X Factor is morphing into what is amusingly called the real world. The Body Politic needed a makeover. It is certainly going to get one!

Over the next four years politics and politicians face a rollercoaster experience as the reality of President Trump and his unique brand of right wing populism impacts not just on the US but all around the world. There is the potential not only to make politics interesting again but also to make it relevant to people from every background and in every country. This must surely be a positive development.

Inevitably the world of politics will calm down in the weeks and months ahead. Much of government is dull and mundane and that will not change even under Donald Trump. I hope, however, that the new President will remain his own man and speak directly to an electorate which is intrigued by his personality and style of politics.

I was a student at LSE in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was first elected and remember attending a lecture the morning after. American students were literally dazed and depressed. Their world had ended and the future was bleak. Of course, Reagan turned out to be one of the great Presidents and I expect something similar with Donald Trump. We all just need to calm down …

In the meantime, however, the trick will be for all of us to hang on with both hands as the rollercoaster gathers speed…

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Peter Bingle
Peter is the Founder of Terrapin Communications. With a career in politics and communications that has spanned almost four decades, he is one of the country's leading public affairs practitioners. His career has seen him advise many top companies, including McDonald’s, HSBC, L’Oreal, Permira, Motorola, Camelot, Rolls Royce & Kellogg's.
  • Shadow Warrior

    Hammond is continuity Brown. He is a hand-wringing lefty looking for clever wheezes to raise more tax in ways that people don’t immediately notice.

  • captainslugwash

    I predict the Budget will attempt to show the Left how caring the Tories are, and it will be funded by screwing over the working man.
    If Corp Tax comes down, I bet Divi tax will be going up.
    I would love to be wrong.

  • skynine

    We really need to look at tax credits, in particular in work tax credits that encourage people to work part time to preserve the benefits. 45% of women work part time and I would hazard a guess that tax credits are the main cause. This leads to low pay, low skill work in supermarkets and the retail sector including coffee shops. The government needs to get back to the employer paying people to do a job for economic reasons rather than to get onto the tax credit ladder. Like all government benefits it distorts the market and diverts government expenditure into non productive areas.
    The refrain that the government has cut expenditure is not true, it increases every year as more and more goes into welfare.

  • MrVeryAngry

    fat chance

  • MrSauce

    So, when wouldn’t we want a ‘budget for growth’?

  • Rob

    I note that the UK Government has just slapped on a 25% tax charge for anyone moving abroad and wishing to move out their private pension from the UK.

  • SonofBoudica

    The Remoaners will do their utmost to sabotage the Government’s negotiating position. They do not want a successful outcome; they want a failure. They want to be able to scream “Told you so!” from the rooftops.

  • EnglandLaments

    Thank goodness for Andrew Neil, the one media hack who scares the pants off the established politicians. He was spot on with Heidi Allen!

  • joshuafalken

    I had a very long, hard, studied and considered look at the hope, care and aspirations of all Europeans, before I voted to get the UK out of the toxic grasp of Brussels.

    The European Union and it’s charge of “ever closer union” has borrowed and spent its way to oblivion, whilst enslaving the working and middle classes in debt.

    The central control mantra of the unaccountable Brussels ruling elite, delivered through a mixture of socialism, globalism and corporatism is entirely responsible for the populist revolt by the millions of “Just About Managings” across Europe.

    We must remember the ultimate goal of socialists, globalists and corporatists is control, not prosperity. see https://mises.org/blog/goal-socialists-socialism-—-not-prosperity.

    Social equality and economic growth always fail under central control and fighting against the Brussels doctrine on behalf of all Europeans is why I voted for Brexit.

    Britain has a long history of helping Europeans depose tyrants and Brussels is just the latest incarnation.

    Britain is the most racially advanced and accepting society on the planet. We welcome those in need and those that can help us with open arms and a smile; that will not change.

    We are also one of the most innovative, talented and open societies in the world, which why everyone wants to live here. However, we cannot fit everyone in, so we have to have clear, balanced and fair immigration policy which is where the arguments start between the monetarists and humanists will never be reconciled.

    I thought long and hard before coming to the conclusion that leaving the EU was in the best interest of all Europeans, as Brussels is toxic and cannot be reformed from within.

    Also, I find it insulting that people who voted Remain have insufficient faith in British ingenuity, compassion and skill to get a good deal for us and see the Europe that we love get a better deal from Brussels and the reform that European people deserve. https://mishtalk.com/2017/03/29/bad-brexit-deal-better-than-no-deal-mathematical-idiocy-odds-of-no-deal/ and https://www.worldheadlines.info/2017/03/after-brexit-9-reasons-to-be-bullish-on-great-britain/

    The politics of left verses right are dead because neither have delivered the promised economic growth and social mobility for anyone, but themselves. The populists are not selfish per-se, they just want to take back control of their own destiny that left/right politicians have freely given away and/or exploited for their own ends. In my constituency, the local residents group are taking over the councils as politicians ignore voters, so Westminster should beware of the well-organised, local resident independents at the next election. This is a peoples revolution which should be shouted from the rooftops, but liberals remained deafened by the socialist, globalist and corporatist “vested interests” that have spectacularly failed us and are obediently crying foul and fake.

    There will be an initial unpalatable inflationary cost to fighting globalism and rolling back central control that few appear to have factored in, but dismantling failed left/right vested interests should eventually free libertarian socially-conservative capitalism from the shackles of TBTF corporatism to feed economic growth and social mobility.

  • agdpa

    The EU usually makes the wrong decision – on immigration, on freedom of movement, on the euro, on the Ukraine, etc. etc. Little hope it will get Brexit right.

  • brownowl

    Eh? Reference please!

  • Neil2

    Sod caring. Screw the spongers and breeders. Kill HS2. Stop all “green” subsidies. Slash “foreign aid” and walk away from the EUSSR with immediate effect.

  • Rob
  • John C

    What a confused article. It conflates surveillance by the security services with poor defences against fraud.

  • John C

    Err, it’s the UK that’s leaving the EU, not vice versa.

  • John C

    Me, now. ‘Growth’ is a manic obsession.

  • La Face Nord

    Mr Redwood – are you aware of the Biased BBC website? It’s been exposing their agenda for a long time, but I imagine you’ve been well aware of the BBC’s agenda for quite some time…

  • Contact Rvtech

    The post is great

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