Humpty Trumpty was and still is the natural heir to the she-snake fascist of 2008.

Does anyone remember the way Sarah Palin poured poison into the ears of so many Americans in the run-up to the 2008 election when she was, to the late John McCain’s rapid regret, his chosen running mate? The venom she spat at anyone who was prone to believing that Obama was America’s Castro or Chavez — a Socialist bogey-man? These days, she is doubtless enjoying the obscurity she so richly deserves.

But she left behind a legacy. A legacy which made so many Americans appear…


Not in terms of their personalities, which are as apple pie is to a rotten apple — in terms of the voting support they gathered.

I am listening to Barack Obama reading his memoirs, Volume 1. (Thanks to Audible. Am I allowed to say that?). Obama is honest, self-effacing and warmly human and delivers the reading in that unmistakable voice. I am wondering, as many must do, whether that 22nd Amendment which limits anyone to two terms as President of the US, was such a good thing. If Obama had been the Democ Party candidate in 2016, perhaps the USA…


When it comes to understanding why Congresspersons and Senators will almost always vote the party line, just follow the money.

WITH THANKS TO THE MIAMI HERALD AND GOODOLEWOODY’S BLOG

(In passing, I have nothing to say about the disgusting rabble who defaced Congress that has not been said. What is America’s way back from this?)

I have no doubt that there are many Congresspeople and Senators who are there for entirely altruistic reasons and who would be outraged at suggestions regarding the money they make, or need, but as it would be impossible get an honest answer from any of them other than, “I am here only to serve…


Three nations which used to inspire and are now reduced to shadows.

You will not need much prompting because the USA is on the list, along with the UK and Israel.

WITH THANKS TO ALAMY FOR THREE LIGHTHOUSES, AND APOLOGIES FOR NECESSARY ADDITION

The American portrait is fully painted, and needs no embellishment. Four years plus of a presidency which not even Kafka at his worst could have conjured up, and a nation now mired in mutual suspicion, political corruption and terrifying isolationism with a new president who must be wondering what he can do to infuse or re-infuse dignity, compassion and decency into large swathes of the American population. It isn’t…


Christmas is coming and the veterinarians are getting fat.

I have a slightly masochistic streak I think, because I have a fool-proof way to make myself really sad.

Somehow, whenever I hear of the death of friends’ beloved dogs, I immediately want to start an internet search to help them find a new one to love. But I don’t because I know that it would be a search without end, always without a result, because experience tells me that the friends in question usually, and I suppose understandably, start looking for a puppy. Usually, but not always, of the same…


Not only did Trump not make America great again, he never needed to, and would never have known how, anyway.

Just what was it that Humpty Trumpty thought was wrong with America, that he, and only he, could fix? I don’t mean what was actually wrong — I mean what he thought was wrong and why he thought that greatness was somehow slipping through the nation’s fingers.

I know that America is not perfect. No nation ever is nor should any nation strive to be. Rust belts, half-wits with guns, rampant racism, terrible fast food, obesity, Trump, McConnell. You know.

But how can a nation of 331 million people, living in fifty states with several differing climates, measuring almost 10 million square kilometres and home to who knows how many ethnicities, expect a truly national perfection or, even, greatness, or even try for it?


A mythical interview with a mythical but all too real two-headed political monster.

Thank you for agreeing to talk to me — I know how busy you must be with all that demolition work to do. It must be hard work, having to destroy democracy.

(Mid-Atlantic accent) Yes, it certainly is. We have tried everything so far. Thousands of lies, fake news, lawsuits, firing people who just don’t get it, keeping hold of people who, everyone said, should be fired — you name it.

They don’t get … what?

The fact that if democracy is not working for us, then it’s not working. They don’t seem to know that government is supposed to be for our people, of our people, by our people. Biden is not our people. Biden’s people are not our people. Starmer’s people are…


Forget the idea that Her Majesty the Queen wants America back. A message from the USA


You Know What’s Good For You

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. (with thanks to the unknown author of this wisdom)


Something else the world will not miss when Trumpty leaves the White House.

I recently offered a paean of praise to the gods for delivering all of us, soon, from the awfulness of Humpty Trumpty — those weird gestures, the orangeness, the sitting-strutting and standing-still-swaggering, that mouth, the fat body and general dyspepsia when the camera catches him but is not focused on him.

BUT I FORGOT THE HAIR! How could I? Part of the problem was that I could not decide what it is. Does it have a life of its own? Is it a wig? If so, what…

Dr John Grierson

Broadcaster, academic, journalist, columnist, humorist. Show- off contrarian. Seriously centrist politics junkie. British Americanophile.

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