It’s often said that we get the leaders we deserve, which leads me to wonder about the Americans and their current president, who seems incapable of not making every issue all about him and his deep sense of fabulousness.
Trump’s latest pronouncements on the coronavirus and how it is being dealt with
in the States – in front of a group of doctors – had me gasping.
How the doctors didn’t turn on him and wrestle him to the floor is astonishing. Meanwhile, Trump continues to come out with inanities such as “the tests [for coronavirus] are there, and they’re beautiful”.
Quite how virus tests can be beautiful was never explained, but, you know, that’s Trump for you.
Let’s move on to one of Trump’s predecessors, Bill Clinton, a man whose political judgement was streets ahead of Trump in his day. But it’s distressing to report – and I’m writing this on International Women’s Day – that Clinton has finally opened up about his affair with Monica Lewinsky and said it was “to help manage my anxieties”.
This, of course, is how one should always apologise for being the most powerful man in the world and ruining the life of a 22-year-old woman, is it not?
I’m skating over recent contributions from 10 Downing Street and the inexplicable support for Priti Patel, the home secretary, whose alleged bullying caused a senior civil servant to resign last week – mainly because Boris Johnson’s government is showing worrying signs of making the Labour Party look good.
But this week’s palm for sheer, classic, out-of-the-box lunacy, must go to Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, whom we ought to call Prime-Minister-For-The-Time-Being, after a third election failed to bring any sense of clarity to the body politic.
Mr Netanyahu, who, lest we forget, is facing a court appearance for corruption charges in under two weeks’ time – and who himself once said that politicians who were indicted should resign (except when it applied to him) – is fighting a down-and-dirty war in an effort to retain his iron grip
Leave aside his suggestions that Arab votes – for the Joint List – did not count and that such votes were the province of terrorists. And leave aside his personal attacks on his opponent, Benny Gantz, and Gantz’s family.
No, this time Bibi has outdone himself with an announcement, contained in an official government press release, about how he was going to tackle coronavirus.
It’s worth quoting in full: “It must be understood that the pandemic is not affecting children or young people, thank God, there has not been one instance that we know of. We must disinfect public installations. This virus is sensitive to bleach and we must act in an orderly
way to disinfect railway stations, bus stations, etc.
“To this end, over the vacation period, which may be extended, I will mobilise young people, both in schools and in youth movements, to help with the disinfection.”
I can just see the mothers of Israel allowing this to happen.
But perhaps Bibi and Sarale can lead by example, and send Clown Prince Yair (no, that is not a typo) to start the bleaching process. No?
I know was Purim this week, but there are some things you just can’t make up.