Congratulations Mr President
Congratulations Mr President
It was with relief that I woke to the first sms of the morning, from Denmark: Trump! :-)
We had always said that we, as non-Americans, prefered Trump because fewer people would die. We were not refering to allegations made against the Clintons of political assasinations that would shock a Borgia but the arrogant and ignorant foreign policy that is so careless of human life.
As many non-Americans came closer to the US election day, our fear was getting stronger of what would come with a Clinton victory. There must have been millions who went to bed last night, even those who consider it superstitious to pray for God's intervention in the world for our benefit, who looked to heaven and asked "please let it be Trump".
And so it is. The fist has been relaxed.
We can realistically hope that Mr Trump will get on the phone: "Vlad, get your samovar warmed up - I am coming round for a cup of tea." In all probability he will say "I can't have you taking the piss, but if you can see a solution to a few problems I will not bugger them up just because they are your solutions." We knew that Hillary would derail Russian plans just because they were someone else's. The Russians have rather made Obama's people feel humiliated. And they would sooner see a bloodbath than allow Putin the kudos and the blessings of the peacemaker.
And before you accuse me of just putting out a Kremlin line, I will tell you straight that I like the idea of the US and Russian leaders being on good terms. I do not like the idea of hostility. I am old enough to remember when people lived with a real fear of nuclear war. Yes, I look forward to that propaganda photo of Trump and Putin fishing - wearing matching parkas.
Hillary Clinton was hostile to Brexit. Brexit depends on an open view, a hope of a new way with the rest of the world. This vision depends on the rest of the world being out there. Had we been put in a situation where we had to consider the USA to be a hostile power, then Brexit would have been a less smooth path for us and for our friends in Europe.
Of course we must be wary of the influence that Trump may have on the way Brexit is promoted and advanced. We must be very wary indeed of that but is a tiny problem compared to the devious hostility of a Clinton presidency.
Mr Trump has no problems with Mrs May.
Some people, not just the BBC (Brits [still] Backing Clinton) but the markets, are worried about an introspective or, rather, protectionist, USA. Mr Trump will have to live in the real world but what we can expect is that the barriers that matter between USA and Britain will be less than otherwise, the barriers between USA and Russia will be less. As for the EU? Maybe the boys in Brussels will just have to grow up a bit.
Change is coming.