The Quentin Tarantino pulp fiction semblance of Trump’s presidency explains why some of the dystopian ‘Could it happen here?’ novels, such as Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Orwell’s 1984 have received renewed attention. His presidency is a roiling continuous campaign, the plot of which is void of any chronological order and is self-referential from its opening moments. Nestled inside his terse speechcraft are jewels that bear closeness to the stripped-down Haiku poetry of Japanese culture. The United States ‘is full’. Nothing is clearer. No policy simpler.

The beatitudes of this seated bejewelled Buddha electrify screens in the palms of the multitudes as the insurgent sets ablaze casual conversation by fracturing every perspective. He recognised Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan and Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It’s upfront.  The cumulative effect of this is the normalization of the abnormal. In 2016 Americans rejected laundry politics. By 2019 his devotees still throng to his rallies robed in hats marked-Make America Great Again, and chant for him to build the wall and to lock up Hillary.

He is defiant to the end and there is no sign of the paranoia of Richard Nixon, who railed, King Lear-like, at portraits hanging on the White House walls during his final days. The insurgent is now the incumbent. Onwards he is charging leaving the wreckage of weakness and the indecisiveness of his predecessors smouldering in his wake as he lobs Molotov cocktails against the capital’s brilliant white porticos.

Traditionally, EU elections attract low voter turnout and are predominantly national. But in 2019 an insurgent inspired pan-European campaign was driven by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, the Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini and the former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon to try to turn the European election campaign into Act Three of the Brexit-Trump saga. This campaign aimed to unite the anti-austerity populists and the anti-immigrant groups.

EU elections in May 2019 have converted the erstwhile ‘fringe idealists’ into potential Kingmakers in Brussels as traditional, centrist groupings, the social democrats and conservatives lost ground. The 2019 campaign gave EU citizens the opportunity to select who they wanted to represent them in the European Parliament and they chose to reject the legacy parties in favour of insurgents. A Green Wave loosened the grip of the traditional parties on the European parliament.

In three European capitals voters buoyed the insurgents to the top of the polls. Contrary to predictions of the pundits of the polls it was not the far-right populists who triumphed at the ballot box in Brussels, Berlin and Dublin. Instead, in all these cities Green parties won the highest number of votes, spearheading a continent-wide surge that looks likely to transform their political role in Europe.

The misadventure of Brexit also made Europeans fearful of the frailty of the EU. This led to an upwelling of support for EU membership to offset fears of contagion. Such fears are not without basis. A similar septicity destroyed the West Indian Federation proposed by Eric Williams which was a forerunner to the EU. Bustamante stated that Jamaica risked being under the ‘control of the little islands’ and the Federation died at Lancaster House and was buried in Jamaica in 1961.

In the past, the dirty wash politics of the European Parliament didn’t matter much. There were two stagnant groupings- the centre-left and the centre-right and they would carve up the cake among themselves, get fat, and very little would change for the poor except an increase in their misery and suffering.

The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the centre-left Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) have ruled the European Parliament for 40 years.  Now the insurgents have cut into the support for the mainstream parties. A staggering thirty-five percent or more of the seats went to anti-European parties and they can now try to block the appointment of the new European Commission, the budget, and various other measures. Christine Lagarde is tipped for Council President. Far-right populist and nationalist parties led by the likes of Italy’s Matteo Salvini and France’s Marine Le Pen have bolstered their position in the new European dispensation.

The UK was not expected to participate in the European parliamentary elections but a tearful Theresa May resigned as the kingdom remained disunited and had to vote in the end. Nigel Farage, the former head of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), and his newly formed Brexit Party won more than 31 percent of the vote and 29 of the UK’s seats in the European Parliament. His victory was likely a combination of engulfing all of UKIP’s support and siphoning off some Conservative voters who are still in dismay about Ms. May.

Brussels is on the brink and is preparing to batten down the hatches as hordes of sceptics and pulp fiction insurgents arrive. Orwell’s definition of justice is that citizens should be given what they need- and what they need is freedom to think. The choice therefore always lies between freedom and happiness- and happiness is easier every time. And so those who happily elect corrupt officials, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims, but are accomplices.