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The Americanism of Donald Trump

Also in Spectator Letters: spaniel intelligence, the Americanism of Donald Trump, dance music and Ted Heath’s conducting

6 August 2016

9:00 AM

6 August 2016

9:00 AM

Remain calm

Sir: I am sorry that the redoubtable Martha Lane Fox is still angry at the exaggerations made by the Leave campaign (Letters, 30 July). I expect that the 17 million people who voted to leave are also still pretty angry at the exaggerated claims of Remainers. House price crashes, everyone £4,500 a year worse off, a revenge budget and even a third world war. And of course, the threats from elite corporatists. Vested interests, perhaps? It’s interesting to see how many of the big corporations that  threatened Armageddon prior to the vote are now voting with their money to stay.

The investment adviser Tim Price says he has never felt so excited about the possibilities in front of him, and I am sure that there are countless budding young British entrepreneurs who feel the same way. Please cheer up, Martha. Moaning from Remainers is not going to help Britain to become even greater.
John Warbey
Reigate, Surrey

Room at the top

Sir: The SNP’s Angus Robertson (Letters, 30 July) seems to have cornered the market on piety, gesture politics and grandstanding when it comes to EU immigration. It is easy for his party to make a virtue of the welcome Scotland offers to EU immigrants. This country is large and has a small population with low population density and has therefore not experienced some of the problems related to high immigration south of the border. To portray the SNP as good and the Tory party as evil on this matter ill befits a supposedly serious politician.
Richard Clayton
Edinburgh

Spaniel smarts


Sir: It does not really surprise me that, in the land of the Corbynistas, Cavalier King Charles spaniels are considered too refined (‘My pedigree chum’, 30 July). In Malta, ‘cavs’ are generally admired, loved and accepted for their gentle natures. On her morning promenade, our Missie is greeted with pleasure and affection. My wife also has an objection to Mark Edmonds’s assessment of their intelligence. He will find out pretty soon that his companion is more observant of his movements, habits and moods than he is of hers. That she wags her feathery tail at some sympathisers and ignores others is a good indication of her wisdom. ‘Cavs’ observe people and dogs from a good distance and react accordingly — yet always politely. They aren’t aggressive — at most, a small growl. Might this be the reason why the objectors on Hampstead Heath think that you have chosen an aristocratic companion? A ‘cav’ doesn’t get trained — she trains you.
Peter Apap Bologna
Sliema, Malta

A dream fulfilled

Sir: I’m surprised at the people who feel repulsed by the emergence of Donald Trump as a leading contender for president (‘American horror story’, 23 July). After all, Trump embodies the American dream. Given a billion dollars, most Americans would lead the life he does: buy a jet, move to Palm Beach, marry a model and bless their country for making it possible. Every mainstream magazine and TV show extols this fantasy. Americans have been alienated not by Trump, but by the holier-than-thou know-it-alls who claim a privileged insight into the workings of the world. The US intelligentsia can’t get their heads around the monster of greed, narcissism and bigotry that their nation has created. If Trump wins the presidency they’ll look at each other in disbelief, as if he is some sort of aberration. He’s not. He’s the face of America.
Bruce McDougall
Toronto

We’re still dancing

Sir: I am writing in connection with the article ‘Hang the DJs’ (30 July) claiming dance music is dying. I am 12 years of age and have a huge passion for electronic dance music — so much so that I started making it last year. EDM isn’t just ‘bleep bleep bloop’. Many artists use real instruments mixed with computer generated beats, including sampling old jazz. Drugs in EDM are also mentioned in this article, and yes, they may be present in the genre. But that’s nothing new. In the 1980s, Grandmaster Flash even made a song called ‘White Lines (Don’t Do It)’.
Dominic Holyoake
Salisbury, Wiltshire

Sisterly love

Sir: There has been endless stuff in the left-wing press about our former prime minster’s privileged background and how he lost Europe. It may have been biased, but it was at least refreshing to read Emily Sheffield’s defence of her brother-in-law David Cameron (Diary, 30 July). We do not get much inkling of the human side of politician’s lives, and Sheffield’s insight was valuable. It also gives a clue as to why the humane Cameron favoured gay marriage and apologised for Bloody Sunday. I hope he will be judged more kindly by history. At least he gave people a say, which is more than other prime ministers have done.
David Rimmer
Hertford Heath, Herts

Quite a beating

Sir: Some of Edward Heath’s orchestral records may have turned out well (Letters, 30 July) but his conducting was not always appreciated by the musicians he was ostensibly directing. Thirty-three years ago, he returned to Balliol (where he had been organ scholar) to take part in the College Musical Society’s 1,500th concert, in the course of which he conducted a selection of Brahms’s Liebeslieder waltzes. Neither the singers nor the two accompanists paid him the slightest attention, and I asked one of the pianists, George Malcolm, about this afterwards. ‘One has to have a very special admiration,’ Malcolm replied, ‘for a man who can conduct a whole sequence of waltzes all the while beating in four.’
Ian Rumfitt
London SE24


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