I know how serious and straight faced President Putin is delivering speeches, but on this occasion I am sure he was having a fit of uncontrollable giggles. Yes it's absurd that Mr Trump has been voted for as President. Just as Bonkers as us Brits voting for Brexit.
The European heads of state must be quaking in their boots too. There is a movement of people's ideology. We don't trust career politicians any longer.
I suspect for the Americans Mr Trump got voted for as a protest to the distrust for Hilary Clinton and her Establishment represented.
The banks have been given an opportunity to sort out their corrupt management of their system and they haven't either. Not to have at least 3% interest on savings is criminal negligence.
Making money so cheap to borrow or repay encourages people to take out to big loans. Keeping interest rates so low is to stop people from defaulting on loans I suppose, so that banks can stay afloat. They are still being bailed out though, and the senior bankers get paid way too much money for cooking the system to serve the shareholders.
The stock markets aren't fair. People's pensions and savings are at risk.
The people that are voting against the establishment are voting for change that makes society better.
Immigration and free movement of people has become a major issue. It helps balance the books to have younger immigrant workers paying tax, but if the system is broken anyway just trying to fill deficits with an influx of people doesn't work.
Little Jersey in the Channel Islands has all these problems. We recently added a surcharge to our tax for long term care of the elderly. It's 1.5%. We don't get things right quickly, but we do try to address the issues fairly. Our electorate is disaffected with our politicians as well, but we do have a more populist democracy than most places. If we really don't like an idea we stop our politicians doing things we don't like.
In my opinion the real problems in western society started with credit cards, easy loans, payday loans, and allowing too much household debt.
Our western society seems to have lost its sense of grounded family values, extended family ties, and a sense of belonging to a society. Perhaps because of mobility that wasn't possible even thirty to forty years ago. We have lost our roots, and spiritual values, to glossy magazines and YouTube.
I am dreading the commercialised nightmare of Christmas that is about to be thrust on us. A friend sent me a picture of a chocolate flower bouquet she has bought for her daughter. It looks great, but I do not have a sweet tooth, and feel sick after eating sugary foods, I also don't want to put on wight or have mood swings with sugar highs and lows, and certainly don't want diabetes.
I ate ate some mini mince pies my husband bought, too sweet really to taste any flavour, and I have had tummy ache for two hours!
Life is about making small personal choices that make up the jig saw of our lives. What do I choose to eat? What Purchases do I make to support my values, and the livelihood of the people around me.
How does my being on this planet affect sustainability, what can I do to invest in those values. What should I avoid if I can, so that I don't cause more damage but actively promote local producers, and cut down on waste and food or product miles.
I don't suppose anyone really expects either Brexit, or President Trump to wave a magic wand and sort everything out, if indeed change much at all very quickly, but the public have definitely started making themselves heard over the propaganda and political correctness foisted on us over the last 20 years.
The Brits generally prefer a bit of decorum and common sense, Let's hope some genuine pragmatism gets seasoned in with the cocktail we are brewing for ourselves, and try to harness this populist movement for a real change that is genuinely good for everyone.