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The Trouble with Rich Uncles

I do love the Times. Despite its insane owner and obvious right wing slant, it still manages to maintain a rational tone, and yes, call me naive, I still trust it as a useful source, though it would be foolish to rely on it alone.

Now we learn that Ted Malloch, the man tipped to be America's next ambassador to the UK has mentioned that the US could play the UK's"Rich Uncle"* in Brexit talks.

We will snap it up of course, because the US administration will expect nothing in return for such open-handedness. Rich uncles never want anything back.

Mr Malloch has suggested that Trump should extend a similar offer to other EU countries on a bi-lateral basis, which would undermine the EU commission. It is just a coincidence that such a move would delight Putin, who has never quite got over the old sanctions thing, and of course, may have plans of his own for Eastern Europe. Nato could get in the way of those, but Trump doesn't sound up for upsetting his new BBF.

In the meantime, China is ramping up the rhetoric about any US attempt to get over-enthusiastic in the South China seas,and/or the US is ramping up the rhetoric about any Chinese attempts to get over-enthusiastic in the South China seas. Cheery phrases like 'Devastating confrontation and 'large scale war' are being bandied in the Chinese press. Actual Chinese government spokespersons have been considerably more chilled, thank god. Common sense and all that.

But speaking from a tinpot island, I am intrigued by what would happen to the Golden Age of Trade with China post-Brexit GB business is relying on, if Rich Uncle suddenly decides we have to be on his side? It would never happens of course because Rich Uncle Wuvs Oo. But just in case; can we have favourable business terms with two powers on the verge of war with each other? Friends to everyone, jathink?

No, me neither.





*Their quotation marks

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mallorys_camera
Jan. 14th, 2017 02:15 pm (UTC)
Rich Uncles generally like you to sit on their laps and wiggle, no?

Here's where Trump's conflicts of interest come into play: He has more nescient business deals going on in Taiwan than in Russia. My guess is that any saber-rattling will somehow be related to luxury hotel markets. :-)
smokingboot
Jan. 14th, 2017 04:53 pm (UTC)
Indeed,and that gives me a lot of hope! Why would he pour petrol on a potential deal? Also,the whole issue of the US/China's tensions have been around for a while now, so it's not as though antagonistic possibilities only started with Trump and Tillerson. I am making an effort to believe it's Sound and Fury signifying nothing!
mallorys_camera
Jan. 14th, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC)
Trump is kind of a master of misdirection! And the Left in this country at least (U.S.A.) goes for it every time.

So my strategy for figuring out what's really important is to pay absolutely no attention to whatever Issue of the Day Trump is Tweeting about and look to whatever he's not talking about.
smokingboot
Jan. 15th, 2017 10:24 am (UTC)
You really think he is that strategic? I'll try to consider him from that point of view. He always seems so uncontrolled to me, with the pointy-jabby fingers and angry expression. His tweets read like the outbursts of a man who cannot keep quiet. Certainly I can understand the outrage over John Lewis, but yes, as you mention it, it's easy to see how such comments could be used as a diversion.
mallorys_camera
Jan. 15th, 2017 02:41 pm (UTC)
I think it's a mistake to underestimate Trump or, at least, to underestimate the intelligence of his handlers.

Here's an interview with Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-bannon-trump-tower-interview-trumps-strategist-plots-new-political-movement-948747

(Perhaps, like me, you will delight in that "Thomas Cromwell" reference at the end and wonder whether Bannon knows what actually happened to Thomas Cromwell.)

Trump was a B-level reality star before he became a politician. His public persona is well-crafted. I think he's deliberately bombastic and limits his functional vocabulary to 500 words because he's mirroring the traits of his prospective voters -- most of whom weigh 200 pounds plus and spend a substantial amount of time sitting in their living rooms, eating cheese doodles, and throwing pillows at the TV whenever Fox News goes on a rant about liberals.

So, yes, I do think he's that strategic. And it's a good strategy -- it takes in people on the Right and on the Left.

Something important happened yesterday, but it had nothing to do with John Lewis. And as I was taking a mini-news break, I can't tell you what it was.

Edited at 2017-01-15 02:41 pm (UTC)
smokingboot
Jan. 16th, 2017 09:13 am (UTC)
Very interesting,thank you!
...And you're quite right, I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Bannon's self-comparison to Thomas Cromwell! :-D :-D :-D

I enjoyed rather less his prediction about how it's going to be as exciting as the 30s... plenty over here really do not want 30s style excitement,given that it led to 40s style excitement.

I would be interested to hear what Bannon makes of Trump's fondness for all things Kremlin related.

News reportage is an interesting thing. Over here, while the John Lewis tweet was mentioned, it wasn't as big as Tillerson's war-jaw about China by a long shot,and Christopher Steele was still a hot topic. From the Blighty point of view you can see why; then leaving major mainstream there's more about JL.

But the news that struck me is that there will be an investigation into the dossier, and subpoenas will be issued if need be.

If there's something I have missed,I'd be very grateful if you would point me at it once your news-break is over!

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