I don’t think I could ever fall in love with a man called Nigel, or Donald. They are names that just don’t do it for me. Try imagining passionate moments with a man with either name. “Oh Nigel!” “Oh Donald!” No. It sounds like something from a bad sitcom. Comedy names; cartoon ducks.
Shame the parents of the current prominent owners of these names didn’t just practise safe sex rather than landing their offspring with prophylactic names. Maybe the new US President parades his family so often to show how against the odds, and I am not just talking about his name now, he has managed to persuade three women to have sex with him.
That Nigel Farage has also children makes me realise there is no accounting for tastes.
But I do find it incredible that family men can be so cavalier with the future of the planet. On the news tonight there was footage of Trump signing a document that could mean the go ahead to oil pipelines. He chooses to ignore the evidence about climate crisis and puts all our lives, all life, in jeopardy, spouting figures for jobs that presumably he has just made up as no one else has those figures, as though jobs now make up for the loss of polar bears tomorrow.
Here in the UK Gina Miller challenged the government over how Brexit would be handled. Theresa May had said it would be the prerogative of the cabinet to decide, and that Parliament would have no say. The eleven judges of the Supreme Court have ruled, eight to three, that Parliament must be involved. I haven’t seen the Mail’s headlines, but no doubt there will be those already calling for Miller’s head, a variety of sexist, misogynistic comments and dismissive metropolitan élite name calling, and demanding to know what right the judges have to make this decision. The words ‘the will of the people’ will be bandied about. But it is exactly the will of the people that may now be represented. The result of the referendum was close. Forty-eight per cent of those who cast their vote wanted to remain. How we leave the EU is vital to building a newly united country. The will of the people is clearly divided. Politicians like Trump and Thatcher whose trade mark is division would doubtless see such unity as weakness, a giving in to the other side. Thatcher used to talk about unity, but it basically translated as stop disagreeing with me, I’m right.
Now to see if Parliament steps up to the challenge, or will those MPs in marginal seats whose constituents voted leave be cowed into following Theresa May’s agenda like meek lambs to the slaughter?
And if Nigel Farage starts to shit stir, I hope he’ll be charged with inciting violence. Because that’s what he does. Without the referendum I believe Jo Cox would still be alive today. The Brexit campaign leaders with their toxic message have a great deal to answer for.