Author: Shaun Aldred

I live among beautiful villages not far from where Princess Diana is buried and recently finished a three-year project as a building surveyor working with 1,500 scientists in Oxfordshire who are paid peanuts for their devotion.  They make and transform lives and in the main are simple, uncomplicated people, and then I look across the pond to the US and parts Europe, and it is beginning to become unrecognizable. Divided over what I don’t know because you can’t eat ‘left’ or ‘right’ and there is no sustenance in the ‘centre’ either but increasingly we are choosing to fight and bicker over infantile twits and the queasiest of issues.  I wrote this article along with many others because I fear as your British cousins, we will go the same divisive tribal route. British politics is less abrasive and I have long had an interest in the brash American version. I subscribe to your electronic publication and devour your informed articles and as much US cable as time permits.
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Pastor Joel Osteen is the Donald Trump of prosperity Christianity. Both live in mansions and both are unapologetically wealthy.

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What is Trumpism? Does it require the practice of artful deceit? Are we required to bow or fondle in a particular way? If you are for all colours, do you need to learn obedience to just one, and could that be brown? If your dog has a foreign sounding name, is a multi-swinger and not partial to red, is surgery required to remove all indecency?

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The Nordic countries for decades have understood happiness, and if you are a person with average talent and income, this is the place to settle, but if you aspire to a greater purpose, go visit America, the land of the once exceptional.

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In many governments the candidates for the highest station are above the law and if they attain the object of their ambition, they have no fear of being called to account for the means by which they acquired it.

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As Thomas Jefferson famously put it, “the earth belongs to the living”, and it is our responsibility to ensure adults with sufficient intellect and curiosity are there to guide the world to a new understanding which Trumps the tyrannical second class approach to world affairs of bigotry and division.