Gordon Robinson | International Domino Awards 2017
It's time for the ninth annual Domino Awards, named for the Khooky Khast of Kharacters from my teenage domino-playing years. We start, as usual, with the international awards. Next week, coveted local awards will be unveiled.
The Dunce Award: When your own secretary of state calls you a "moron" (oops, sorry, Rex denies this, having ACTUALLY called POTUS a "f**king moron") and your response is to challenge him to an IQ showdown (low score wins, DT?), need I say anything more? President Donald Trump owns the 2017 Dunce Award and deserves to retire the trophy. The achievements that have won him this prestigious award were too many and varied to list in the limited space available.
Donald, "if a macca, mek it jook yu!"
The Dunce Move of the Year Award:
British Prime Minister THERESA MAY, assured by pollsters she'd increase her parliamentary majority, called an unnecessary 'snap' election only to find her majority snapped.
For those unconvinced, she wins this award on merit:
Theresa May (TM), June 30, 2016, (launching her campaign for Tory leader):
"There should be no general election until 2020."
An exchange between TM and Andrew Marr, host of BBC's flagship political show, on September 4, 2016:
"Andrew Marr: .... Let me ask you about another election ... the next general election. Because if you look at the polling ... if you went to the country now, you'd get a majority of something like 114 or 130 ... . Are you tempted in any way to call a snap election?
TM: I think what's important, particularly having had the referendum vote, is that we have a period of stability ... . It's important we focus on [coming out of the European Union] and the other reform agenda that I have for the country as we go forward ... so I don't think there's a need for an election ... .
AM: Let me make this very clear ... . Under current law, the next election will be in 2020. No ifs, no buts, no snap elections, no changing the law. Under you, is that absolutely certain ... ?
TM: I'm not going to be calling a snap election. I've been very clear that I think we need that period of time, that stability, to be able to deal with the issues the country is facing and have that election in 2020."
INSTABILITY FROM VOTE
On October 1, 2016, an interview with The Sunday Times resulted in this Sky News tweet: TM has told The Sunday Times she has ruled out a general election before 2020 as an early vote would cause "instability".
On March 7, 2017, TM's spokesman, responding to press speculation that a snap election would give the PM a stronger hand in Brexit negotiations, said, "It's not going to happen. It's not something she plans to do or wishes to do." On March 30, 2017, he repeated, "There isn't going to be one. It isn't going to happen. There isn't going to be a general election."
On April 18, 2017, announcing the snap election, TM said, "... I've concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take."
When is 'instability' 'stability'?
The Archbishop's Award for International Personality of the Year:
No woman has earned Time Magazine's Person of the Year title alone since 1936 when American divorcee, Wallis Simpson, discombobulated the British royal family. Her relationship with King Edward VIII eventually led to his abdication.
This year, my vote goes to another American divorcee engaged to a British royal family member. This time, she's even more controversial as she's half black. Or as glass-full royal watchers would prefer, half-white. RACHEL MEGHAN MARKLE is an American actress (star of TV show Suits) and humanitarian campaigner who married film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011 (divorced 2013).
Markle's father is Caucasian, her mother African-American. Meghan grew up in a white Los Angeles neighbourhood where her mum was often asked if she was Meghan's nanny, and, worse, called "nigger" in front of her pale-skinned daughter. At 12, she had trouble checking the correct box in a mandatory school census in reply to the query was she white, black, Hispanic, or Asian. She refused to answer despite her teacher's advice to check the "Caucasian" box because "that's how you look".
When she told her white father, he was quiet, but obviously upset. He told her "draw your own box", inspiration which has guided her life. Now she'll be only about five heartbeats away from Queen of England!
Peace and love.
- Gordon Robinson is an attorney-at-law. Email feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.