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Justin Trudeau and four more hereditary prime ministers

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

7 November 2015

9:00 AM

Family business

Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada. Other descendants of former leaders currently in power:
— The maternal grandfather of Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held the same job between 1957 and 1960.
— Park Geun-hye, president of South Korea, is daughter of Park Chung-hee, president between 1963 and 1979.
— Benigno Aquino III, president of the Philippines, is son of Corazon Aquino, president between 1986 and 1992.
— Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, is daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister 1972 to 1975.

Safety drive

Does the public expect driverless cars to make the roads safer? Respondents were asked: how likely is it that there will be fewer crashes with self-driving technology?

US
Very likely 26%
Somewhat likely 42%
Somewhat unlikely 22%
Very unlikely 10%

Source: University of Michigan

UK
Very likely 24%
Somewhat likely 48%
Somewhat unlikely 22%
Very unlikely 7.2%

Source: University of Michigan

Typical sins

Conservative MP James Cleverly admitted on a radio broadcast to watching online porn and smoking marijuana, the latter at university. Does this make him typical?
31% of adults say they have taken an illegal drug at some point in their lives, according to the British drugs survey.
56% say they have viewed porn on the internet, according to an Opinium poll.

Laundry list

The V&A may take a collection of clothes worn by Mrs Thatcher, while other items of hers are now being auctioned. Some of the most expensive clothes to have been sold (and which suggest the market for celebrity clothing may have peaked four years ago):
$4.6m (£2.8m): Ivory rayon-acetate dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in
The Seven-Year Itch, auctioned 2011.
$3.7m (£2.2m): Frilly white dress designed by Cecil Beaton and worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, auctioned 2011.
$1.8m (£1.1m): Jacket worn by Michael Jackson in Thriller video, auctioned 2011.
43m rupees (£448,000): suit worn by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, auctioned February 2015.
£78,000: see-through dress worn by Kate Middleton during student fashion show at St Andrew’s University, reported to have caused Prince William to remark to a friend, ‘Kate’s hot.’

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  • Hegelman

    Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister a full 36 years after his father ceased to be Prime Minister. He had a difficult time winning the nomination to run for parliament, let alone to be leader of his father’s Liberal Party of Canada. He only became the Liberal leader after a stiff contest with several other candidates.

    So give the man a break. He is in no sense a dynastic successor. You can have no quarrel with the right of a man to run for political office simply because his parent happens to have been a political leader.

    There is political dynasticism in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh because there people have become unquestioned leaders of parties simply because their parents had led them. There is no political dynasticism in Canada.

    • edlancey

      Although if his name wasn’t Trudeau his pathetic cv would have meant he got nowhere near parliament far less prime minister.

      • erikbloodaxe

        Pathetic CVs are no impediment to British PMs.

        • edlancey

          Dropping out of two universities like Trudeau then working as a relief drama teacher and a snowboard instructor would be hard to explain in the UK.

          • Hegelman

            When will you get it into your head that it takes rare abilities to be a successful political leader in a democracy? The test of a politician is what he or she achieves in POLITICS, not snowboarding.

            Justin Trudeau took over a Liberal Party that had lost half its
            electoral base and even its status as the Opposition, whose number of
            MPs – 36 – could not fill a bus. Trudeau rebuilt and reorganised the
            party. In the 2015 election he increased the number of Liberal MPs by
            more than FIVE times ! He obtained a healthy majority in parliament
            coming from a pathetic third position. He fought an immensely
            intelligent and disciplined election campaign travelling ceaselessly in a
            four million square mile country and holding countless rallies. He
            always knew what to say and always charmed his audiences. I attended
            one of his rallies: it was electrifying.

            Justin Trudeau participated in no less than FIVE gruelling, long debates on TV with the very experienced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leader of the Opposition, Tom Mulcair. He beat the crap out of them. He wiped the
            floor with them. Two of the debates were in French.

            I have watched Justin answer a complicated question on economics in prefect French and then translate beautifully into English for English speakers.

            How many politicians can do that? He is undoubtedly a very
            intelligent man.

            Yes, and it is notorious that Winston Churchill was a hopeless failure at school and only just scraped into military college on the third try.

          • Hegelman

            When will you get it into your head that it takes rare abilities to be a successful political leader in a democracy? The test of a politician is what he or she achieves in POLITICS, not snowboarding.

            Justin Trudeau took over a Liberal Party that had lost half its
            electoral base and even its status as the Opposition, whose number of
            MPs – 36 – could not fill a bus. Trudeau rebuilt and reorganised the
            party. In the 2015 election he increased the number of Liberal MPs by
            more than FIVE times ! He obtained a healthy majority in parliament
            coming from a pathetic third position. He fought an immensely
            intelligent and disciplined election campaign travelling ceaselessly in a
            four million square mile country and holding countless rallies. He
            always knew what to say and always charmed his audiences. I attended
            one of his rallies: it was electrifying.

            Justin Trudeau participated in no less than FIVE gruelling, long debates on TV with the very experienced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leader of the Opposition, Tom Mulcair. He beat the crap out of them. He wiped the
            floor with them. Two of the debates were in French.

            I have watched Justin answer a complicated question on economics in prefect French and then translate beautifully into English for English speakers.

            How many politicians can do that? He is undoubtedly a very
            intelligent man.

            Yes, and it is notorious that Winston Churchill was a hopeless failure at school and only just scraped into military college on the third try.

          • Hegelman

            So much the worse for the UK. Maybe that is why they get a PM with the behaviour and appearance of a pig.

      • Hegelman

        A politician’s CV is what he accomplishes in his chosen, very hard profession : politics. Not what he did or failed to do as a butcher or baker or candlestick maker.

        Justin Trudeau has proved to be a formidable politician, in some ways more impressive even than his father.

        Winston Churchill also only came to notice first because of the fame of
        his father, Lord Randolph Churchill, who had been the Chancellor of the
        Excheqeur. name recognition helps. But what happens AFTER that in
        politics is entirely dependent on performance. Justin Trudeau had to
        win the nomination for a fiercely contested constituency and hold it in
        two tough elections, in one of which his party lost half its seats.

        His predecessor, Michael Ignatieff, had an impressive CV. It did not help him, He managed to almost kill off the Liberal Party of Canada for good in the 2011 election.

        Justin Trudeau took over a Liberal Party that had lost half its electoral base and even its status as the Opposition, whose number of MPs – 36 – could not fill a bus. In the 2015 election he increased the number of Liberal MPs by more than FIVE times ! He obtained a healthy majority in parliament coming from a pathetic third position. He fought an immensely intelligent and disciplined election campaign travelling ceaselessly in a four million square mile country and holding countless rallies. He always knew what to say and always charmed his audiences. I attended one of his rallies and it was electrifying.

        Justin Trudeau participated in no less than FIVE gruelling, long debates on TV with the very experienced Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the leader of the Opposition, Tom Mulcair. He beat the crap out of them. He wiped the floor with them. Two of the debates were in French.

        I have watched Justin answer a complicated question on economics in prefect French and then translate beautifully into English for English speakers. How many politicians can do that? He is undoubtedly a very intelligent man.

        Trudeau’s 2015 election was so flawless that it has already become a classic and will be showcased in the text books.

        • edlancey

          Canada just had Harper-fatigue.

          That was the 4th general election he stood for prime minister.
          It was stupid, especially to have an 11 week campaign. People just got sick of him and coalesced round Trudeau as someone vaguely less dangerous than Mulcair.

          Tony Blair won 3 elections in the UK and if he had stood for a fourth he would have been crushed, given how despised he had became.

          The 11-week campaign just gave people long enough to remember how personally annoying they found Harper. If he had stuck to a 6-week campaign he may well have won.

          Trudeau is a clown and will prove to be a disaster.

          ps people in the UK remember Ignatieff from his stint on BBC2 as a pretentious, pseudo-intellectual fool – and he was a lot smarter than Trudeau.

          pps If Trudeau was a private individual he would be voting NDP, not Liberal.

          • Hegelman

            “The 11-week campaign just gave people long enough to remember how
            personally annoying they found Harper.”

            The idea was to wear Trudeau out, and give him room for the inevitable
            gaffes the Harper smart boys were so sure he would make. Instead he
            proved a formidable, tireless, highly intelligent campaigner and whipped
            them.

            “If he had stuck to a 6-week campaign he may well have won.”

            The wail of the loser. If the rules had been different I might have won, I
            wuz robbed…..Blubber, blubber. If grandma had a beard grandma
            would be grandpa.

            One thing I will concede you: It couldn’t have happened to nicer people !

            “Trudeau is a clown and will prove to be a disaster.”

            It doesn’t say much for your man that all it took to thrash him was a clown, does it?

            He has already proved a disaster for Harper. That is a pretty good start.

            And there is more bad news for you and your like.

            Trudeau has pledged that this was Canada’s last first-past-the-post election
            and future elections would take proportional representation into
            account. That means, given that about 60 percent of Canadians steadily
            vote social democratic, the hard right will never again get the chance
            to form a government on their own. Canada has swung permanently to the
            left.

          • edlancey

            You’re just resorting to childish attacks now.

            Good luck for the next years, Canada is going to need it.

          • Hegelman

            ” If Trudeau was a private individual he would be voting NDP, not Liberal.”

            If Harper were a private individual he would probably have voted for the Ku Klux Klan.

  • FriendlyFire

    Same story in Malaysia. Current Prime Minister grew up seeing both his father and his uncle in the role. Malaysia has had six prime ministers since independence, and that’s three of them! No corruption or anything there, obviously.

  • douglas redmayne

    As a non licence holder I look forward to self driving cars being able to take me where I want when I want during my old age. Also good news that they will throw white van drivers out if work: there never was a more selfish and aggressive breed of pleb on our roads.

  • Alex

    We might give an honorary mention to “Call Me Dave” Cameron, descendant of kings

  • Never mind little Justin. I have just watched the two Republican debates in these United States of America — the grandest, greatest, freest nation on the planet ever (though it would not be so were it not for my first and most enduring love, England).

    I love my party. The Republicans are vibrant, diverse, life-affirming, and learned in the realities of human life and longing. The Democrats are the juvenile failures grown old (the candidates for president are all entitled to pensions and old-age benefits).

    And so, hoping for the best, loving America, and feeling glad of my party, I want to share this. The Canadian Liberals can get stuffed. Oh, and Mr Putin, ex-KGB: I shouldn’t count my chickens, if I were you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5BL4RNFr58

    • bix12

      You love the party of Trump, Huckabee, Cruz, Bush, Walker ad infinitum, ad nauseam? Surely, you jest! And, let’s say we grow wings as well as a Republican becoming POTUS (not one, but two impossibilities, mind you) exactly what does that mean for Putin? Are you one of those perpetual war for perpetual peace protagonists? I’m astonished, actually. I read some of your earlier comments and thought you seemed quite intelligent. And you are, for the most part. But might does not always make right. Just a friendly reminder. Ciao!

  • I realize that the song posted below represents too much ‘civilizational confidence’ for some, you poor sad sacks. For those that love the Anglosphere but enjoy a gentler melody, I therefore offer this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAoArleLZEk

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