Trump Card


The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is one of the scariest things I’ve ever watched.

True leaders define reality and give hope. Politicians don’t work that way, they embrace a distorted reality and promise solutions to problems that don’t exist.

Take just one example, immigration. Here in the UK, there is a fear that immigrants from the EU are taking jobs away from British born people. According to, “The number of East Europeans in the UK has increased by nearly one million since 2004” and “Net migration from the EU has doubled since 2012 to nearly 180,000 per year” but the unemployment figures which came out last week, show that Britain’s unemployment rate fell to an 11-year low of 4.9 per cent in May, the first time it has gone below 5 per cent since October 2005, so the claim that immigrants are taking away jobs is false.

Instead of pointing out that immigration for EU countries hasn’t caused high levels of unemployment in the UK, this week the Prime Minister, Theresa May reasserted the Government’s objective to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands. Politicians would rather play to a fear of something that isn’t real than educate a largely ignorant electorate.

Trump is doing the same thing. His promise to build a wall to keep Mexicans out plays into a fear that immigration from Mexico is out of control. The truth is that since 2009, more Mexican immigrants have returned to Mexico from the U.S. than migrated there. According to the Pew Research Center, the overall flow of Mexican immigrants between the two countries is at its lowest level since the 1990s.

There is an acronym for the word “fear”, False Evidence Appearing Real. Politicians are masters at manipulating that fear in their lust for power. It’s why Britain voted for Brexit and is how Donald Trump will become the 45th President of The United States of America.

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