As those of you who know me will be painfully aware, my familiarity with modern communications technology is pretty well summed up by the scene the start of 2001: A Space Odyssey, where our remote, barely-human ancestors were stunned and utterly bewildered by the appearance of the Monolith in their midst. There’s an Eternal Idol Twitter account, but I’ll readily admit yet again to not knowing how best to use this aspect of social media, while there have been many times when I’ve doubted that Twitter had any value at all.
Earlier today, I saw this BBC feature that described how one Twitter user tweeted a picture of ‘his parents’ to Donald Trump. The user said how ‘his parents’ had always viewed Donald Trump as an inspiration and asked him to re-tweet the photo in their memory, which Mr Trump duly did. The photograph was of Fred and Rose West, so for the benefit of anyone unfamiliar with these names, the short explanation is that they were two of the very worst specimens of humanity that Britain’s ever produced and that is most certainly up against some very stiff competition indeed. I suspect I know more about them than most, but if you wanted a real idea of just how vile their crimes were, you can look online and find articles by professional crime writers with decades of experience of the depravity of others, who record that the mere act of writing about the Wests’ prolonged rampage left them feeling tainted in a way that no other case had done.
So, I’m not going to make light of the crimes committed by the Wests. At the same time, however, I cannot think of a single deed or utterance by Donald Trump that’s led me to think highly of this man, even though I’ve been aware of him for decades, so I couldn’t help but be highly amused by his self righteous indignation when he eventually learned he’d been set up.