A week to remember
I can’t help thinking that we’re entering a new era. What with Mr Hamilton up there winning the Formula 1 world championship. [ What a race - electrifying or what? ] I couldn’t help but shed a tear. Not privileged, not well connected, ‘ordinary’, and yes, a black man. That shouldn’t matter. Perhaps I shouldn’t mention it but, indulge me, it so bloody well does matter because his triumph sends the strongest possible message to the surprising number of ill-educated bigots that still populate our world. What a very impressive thing he’s done and what an inspiration to youth, black, white, yellow – and orange [if my local Tango'd underage populace is anything to go by].
Second, we have the even more momentous US election almost upon us. If you’d told me even three years ago that a black man one year older than me would become President of the USA in my lifetime I’d have found it hard to believe you. And now it seems destined to happen [ and I so hope it does ]. Yes, the world is changing – and for the better.
|When the chips are down McCain gets funny
McCain appeared on Saturday Night Live with his VP running-matealike in a QVC spoof. It’s very funny, even though I don’t get all the jokes. I couldn’t help thinking that you would never see such a thing during a British election. They all take themselves far too seriously. There’s also an air of desperation. I suspect that you won’t be seeing Mr Obama doing such a thing. He doesn’t need to.