Where are the young, fresh faces in politics today?
The problem with today’s politicians is that they’re mostly a bunch of old, white men. Donald Trump is 74 and thinks it’s ok to grope women. Joe Biden is nearly 80 and is an IRA sympathizer. Boris Johnson is 57 and can’t decide whether the UK should be in or out of the EU. Safe to say, it’s a rather old bunch with some pretty old-school attitudes.
The Americans have also seen young, Third Way-like politicians promising an end to the social injustice in a country with the highest infant mortality rate in the western world. Barack Obama - 47 when he became President - pushed through Obamacare despite the Republican Party’s racist tactics to brand him a Muslim and them claiming he was “socializing medicine”.
Trump was an old-school, retrograde politician in all the wrong ways - he wanted to end immigration by “building a wall” even though walls never work and made huge tax cuts to a country with the highest levels of inequality in the western world. It’s bloody good they got rid of him at the last election, but you would’ve thought they’d go for someone younger and a bit more charismatic than Joe Biden. Biden is an old guard Democrat who might be left wing by American standards, but that’s about as big of a lie as you can get if you’re from the UK.
I reckon Kamala Harris will run in 2024 - she’s much younger and more diverse - being mixed race and all - and very much fits the mould of the kind of Obama-style Third Way politician we’re all craving. Justin Trudeau in Canada with his movie star looks and chiselled jawline was looking to be that at one point until blackface got him into a lot of trouble.
Denmark’s Helle Thorning-Schmidt seemed charismatic, blonde and beautiful, but she alienated the Left, took selfies at Mandela’s funeral and lost the 2015 election. The only good politician working at the moment is New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern - she’s only just 40, only just had a baby and believes New Zealand will become a republic in her lifetime.