This is an outstanding and reflective op ed from Rafael Behr, published in the Guardian. He reminds us that both the US and the UK were until recently forces to be feared. But with the G20 about to start, the vision of rolling revolution has been exposed as pure fantasy.
The tide of populism has been stopped and both the US and the UK are highlighted as beached whales.
American and British people are deeply disillusioned now, having been taken in by the false truths of populism by lying politicians – so distant from generations of political leaders who talked of public service. The evidence is clear. The socialists have failed – they’ve just becoming the new conservatives, trying to prop up the welfare state. Meanwhile, conservatives missed the opportunity to reform and prolonged agony of austerity. As for the populists, both left and right, they’re just modern ‘Pied Pipers’.
Sadly, we must await multiple judicial investigations in the US as to Trump’s links with Russia. But for Trump to be deposed with impeachment will require intervention from his cabinet or GOP and this is still some way off. The situation in the UK is different. The right of the Conservative Party still hold sway, keeping the ‘weak and wobbly’ woman as a figurehead prime minister, whilst they continue towards a deadly trajectory towards hard Brexit. But the Conservatives are scared of precipitating a Far Left government, with Jeremy Corbyn as leader, propped up by shadowy, radical left-wing forces, focused on revolution in the UK.
Perhaps the famous checks and balances of the US political system will provide a backstop for damage limitation. Meanwhile, the UK is looking like a highly leveraged option, with massive downside political and economic risk.