Time has moved on from the days George Bush opened his mouth and a calamitous spillage of toxic waste gushed from his childishly naïve lips.
Now, it is the turn of Mitt ‘If it wasn’t for us you’d be speaking German’ Romney, Republican Presidential candidate and the current toast of Europe. When I say ‘toast of Europe’, I mean ‘the spreading subject of European hatred’.
As he becomes more and more like a George Bush tribute act, you can’t help but think Romney would be better off doing what the Queen does on visits around the world: stand there, wave, smile and avoid shooting yourself in the foot.
The two main uproars of course have come when Romney claimed this week that Israeli economy has outpaced that of the Palestinian territories in part because of advantages of “culture.” He then proceeded to cite some figures, which apparently were incorrect. Good lad, Romney.
On top of this, he has spent his time infuriating the whole of Great Britain. You would imagine that a man who said this in his book would never be very popular in Britain anyway:
“England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions.”
So when he arrived suggesting Britain was not ready for the Olympics, there was understandable anger. Sure, badly organised security has been a problem and you could make a good case that the build up to the Olympics has been disastrous, but unless Romney suddenly becomes British then he has no right to tut and moan about British failings. That’s our game and he can’t take part.
On a less serious note, he forgot Ed Miliband’s surname. But after everything else that has happened, suddenly hearing about his forgetting the name of a bland, lesser sibling made me feel incensed. ‘How dare he forget the name of a man like Ed Miliband!’ I thought as I clenched my fist.
I personally can’t wait to see where Romney goes next. He could perhaps go to Ireland and tell them all to stop being so frugal at the moment, or maybe he has some French surrender jokes left. Nevertheless wherever he goes, ellow Republicans will be watching hand over mouth, whilst Obama’s hands rub together. Although, you wouldn’t be overly surprised if any of his supporters bat an eyelid.