I've been fantasizing about who would defeat Donald Trump in 4 years time and came up with my ideal candidate.
She would be black or Hispanic
or mixed race. She could be of any or no religion. Her personality
would contain ingredients of Michele Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé,
Odetta, Dolly Parton, Tina Turner, Naomi Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Michael Moore,
Angela Merkel, Bernie Sanders and a few others, but she would be
She would be friends with people of every race, class, nationality,
religion and sexual orientation. She would be well and accurately informed about
social, cultural, economic, environmental and political problems at home
and in the rest of the world. She would be able to identify every
country on a map and probably speak one or more languages other than English. She would be unafraid, bold, outspoken, able to dish
out as well as take criticism, but also kind, attentive, perceptive and
observant. She would have a sense of humour. She would be able to sing
and dance and write her own speeches.
She would transform politics by removing
spin, soundbites, sanctimoniousness, snobbery, sneering, suspicion,
sneakiness, slander, subservience and scoundrelism. She would speak her
own mind, in her own words, with intelligence, insight, inspiration and
factual information. Some day she'll come along.
borrowed parts of the image from Paolo Uccello's St.George and the
Dragon, courtesy of the National Gallery, Creative Commons licence.