Over in Scotland for a few days with the intention of taking in the SNP Conference, which starts on Thursday. The flight over and the train up to Glasgow gave me the chance to take advantage of the plethora of free newspapers which Lufthansa makes available at the airport and the first thought on reading Stefan Wagstly’s article in ‘The Financial Times’ on how the West German justice ministry was full of erstwhile Nazis was “old news”, which, of course, it was is to some extent.
Of course, this phenomena could also be observed in any given ministry in the “Bonner Republik“ . Nevertheless, what actually surprises is the extent to which this was so, at least in the Ministry of Justice and possibly in the other ministries too, when Mr Wagstyl writes that up to “76% of officials in the West German justice ministry after 1945 had been Nazis, according to a new official history that highlights how former party members protected each other long after the second world war.” Again, however, it might also be expected that most of the qualified legal professionals in Germany after 1945 had qualified between 1933 and 1945 and that not joining the NSDAP had not really been an option for most of them, if it was at all possible. Yes, maybe not quite “old news”, but really just an exercise in filling the daily drivel with some interesting trivia.
More interesting were the comments on the latest Trump vs Hillary debate and especially eye-catching was the candidates responses to someone in the audience asking what they respected most about each other? Here, Clinton praised Trump’s children for being devoted and able and Trump returned the “compliment” by saying that although he disagreed with her, he found Hillary to be a fighter and that he liked her fighting spirit.
Now, if one of Trump’s children were to attack his views that would be praiseworthy and the evidence would really suggest that what we have here are two very two very focused little Trumps, who, like daddy, are totally concentrated on themselves and, perhaps, their inheritance. As for Hillary being a “fighter” ….. well, Donald, the fighters are the men and women who get directly involved in Mrs Clinton’s wars and who often lose life or limb in the process.
Therefore, if Donald Jnr and Ivanka had the intelligence to see what their father really represented and if they had the balls to rebel against him that would be worthy of respect and …. well, if Hillary wasn’t such a coward and someone who lets other people die for the sake of her career, it might even be possible to shrug off her sanctimonious hypocrisy. However, isn’t it interesting that these two can actually voice any sort of mutual respect, when really any enlightened, sane person would find it difficult to regard their very presence on the planet with anything other than disdain.