Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The New World Order Rule Book

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The New World Order Rule Book

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THE apocalypse is still pending: Trump is merely President-elect, and he will not be inaugurated until January 20.

In the interim we have a choice. We can wring our hands and rend the pantsuits we wore in homage to the free world's last, imperfect, figure of hope or we can be pragmatic, buckle down and weather the storm.

Obviously, neither appeals. But forewarned is forearmed: at least if we understand the code of the new world order then we'll know not to panic any more than is strictly necessary. This is what we're in for.

Egos are the new experts Experts those who have committed themselves to specialism and learning, who have worked at length within a field and are sensitive to its rules and quirks are sneering elitists who brandish their qualifications with the unfettered arrogance of a dictator, or an incompetent celebrity gameshow judge who grabs women by the crotch.

It has been reported that Team Trump is currently assembling its "team of egos", those loyal, voluble members of his rambunctious election team who will be parachuted into top positions in the Oval Office. Those reportedly tipped for roles admittedly have some experience but it is outweighed by their appetite for controversy: Michael Flynn, a former general who has called Obama a "liar" and stated that the US Justice Department is corrupt, has been suggested as a potential adviser on national security.

Non sequiturs are the new sentences Granted, Trump delivered his victory speech after a frenzied, sleepless night and months of campaigning. On the other hand, it was written well in advance of election night - the man always thought he was going to win and some viewers observed that he looked like he'd gone off the auto-cue soon after he ascended the podium. Instead of the fluent sentences of a knowing orator, the speech sounded like an extended sequence of tweets strung together. At one point he opined: "Tremendous potential. I've gotten to know our country so well tremendous potential."

Now perhaps calling out Trump's grammar is the sort of intellectual posturing that the broad majority of Americans despise; perhaps it is elitist and close-minded. …

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