I was chatting to someone recently who was bemoaning the fact that although we are told we live in a free country in the UK, that’s just nonsense. I responded by saying that you can do what you like in this country provided you have two or more options to choose from, that there is no physical coercion and that it’s possible to do whatever it is - unlike flying without some external aid or running a mile in under two minutes.
She disagreed and proffered some examples:
“You can’t build a home extension without planning permission.” - “Some people do”, I said.
“You have to pay your taxes.”- “Some people don’t,” I replied.
“You can’t murder people!” - “Some people do,” was my answer.
“You have to look after your children.” - “Some people don’t,” was again my reply.
“You have to drive on the left in the UK.” - “Unfortunately, not everybody...
Leaders of tomorrow
Finally, we know the result - Joe Biden is to be the 46th President of the United States of America, with Kamala Harris by his side as Vice-President. On paper, an exciting combination. Let’s hope, that after a turbulent four years of American politics, they can heal the stark rifts that exist in the country and unite those 50 States, amongst all the other work they have on their agenda.
So, what kind of leader is Biden? Well, word on the street is that he’s a good man, he’ll steady the ship. He does after all have almost four decades under his belt as a Senator, only resigning to serve as vice-president for Barack Obama – in my opinion, a trail blazer of a President. Apparently, Biden listens to expert advice, even when it might go against what he believes; he is a multilateralist – again demonstrating that he wants to unite, rather than to divide. And, he is...