Trump and Tories


If our system to choose a president was like the United Kingdom’s in selecting a prime minister, then in 2023, the Republicans would most likely install Trump as president if they retake the House this November.

In the United States, the Republican Party consists of sycophants and Donald Trump chooses who will be the nominees in most elections. In the UK, the Tories made Liz Truss grovel for their votes.

Voters don’t directly elect their prime minister in the United Kingdom (which is made up of four nations, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland). The majority party selects the prime minister and at this time, the Tories are the majority. The Tories are the conservatives.

Another difference between is that the United Kingdom isn’t simply a two-party system like ours. While Tories and Labour (liberals) are the two largest parties, the party in control usually needs help from one of the lesser parties to form a government.

One detail that is very similar between both nations is that the systems are fucked up.

In the United States, the Electoral College makes it possible for the president to be the candidate who didn’t win the popular vote. In fact, the Republican Party has only won the popular vote once since 1988. In case you’re counting, that’s 33 years, yet the GOP has taken the White House three times since.

Since we elect United States senators by state, and not by population, Republicans often control the Senate despite millions more Americans voting for Democrats. Democratic senate candidates outperformed Republican candidates in 2018, a year of the blue wave, by over 18 million votes, yet failed to win the Senate. In fact, the GOP actually gained seats in the Senate while the House fell to Democrats who gained 41 seats.

And in the House, districts are gerrymandered in what amounts to candidates choosing their voters instead of voters choosing the candidates.

And don’t get me started on how Republicans are making it harder for non-white Americans to vote. Our democracy is at risk.

The United Kingdom just selected its next prime minister and she’s Liz Truss. Actually, the UK didn’t select her, the Tories did. And the UK’s next prime minister won the job with only 60,339 votes. There are over 47 million eligible voters in the United Kingdom but Truss was selected by just 0.4% of them.

You can argue that since the Tories are the majority, then UK voters selected them to choose their next prime minister, though I’m sure when voters last went to the polls to choose Members of Parliament (MPs), most of them had never heard of Liz Truss. So, no. UK voters did not choose their next PM. Tomorrow, Truss and current PM, Boris Johnson, will travel to the Queen’s estate in Scotland where she will invite Truss to form a new government. Hopefully, by the time they get there, someone has informed the Queen who Truss is.

Voters may not get an actual say in any of this until 2025 unless Truss calls for an election. If she really wants to keep the job, I doubt she does that. And if Donald Trump becomes president (sic) again in 2024, the United States may never have a real presidential election ever again.

Another similarity between Tories and Republicans is that they always choose wankers.

Music note: I listened to Kaiser Chiefs and Foo Fighters.

Creative note: I don’t like to give away Easter eggs, but I was talking to my padawan Alexandra Bowman while making this and asked her for one reference. So, the Doctor Who Easter egg is from her.

Also, since the cartoon has been published, I’ve gotten more grief that the Number 12 bus does not go to Chiswick and I put the driver on the wrong side.

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27 comments

  1. Just for sh*ts and giggles, I embiggened the pic and looked for Easter eggs . . . I found:

    • Werewolf in London
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Waldo
    • woman with blue hair . . . Madge Simpson?
    • John, Paul, George & Ringo
    • Frankie says
    • Two AGED Blues Brothers, driving incorrectly (which you already knew)
    • PG Tips tea advert
    • what, no Tardis? (and that is the beginning and end of what I know about Dr. Who)

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  2. Okay, “Trump and Tories” Passover Eggs:
    ◦ American Werewolf in London
    ◦ The Beatles
    ◦ Monty Python’s Dead Parrot
    ◦ Waldo
    ◦ PG Tips tea
    ◦ MUM’S MEAT PIES
    ◦ Daily Mail newspaper
    ◦ Twiglets – UK snack, British Fritos
    ◦ Crumpets – half-done extra thick pancake, half-assed English muffin
    ◦ “Frankie says” – Phish
    ◦ “LITTLE OLD LADY GOT MUTILATED LATE LAST NIGHT” – Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon
    ◦ TARDIS – Doctor Who
    ◦ Eagle on Globe – (don’t know)
    ◦ Blue, Green, Red, Green, Blue 5-Spike hairdo -(don’t know)
    ◦ “WANKER” Sippy cup
    ◦ Russian Flag pin

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      1. Eggs are not hidden, but a roasted egg is one of the symbols on the Seder Plate. What IS hidden is the Afikomen, a piece of Matzoh that is broken off and set aside to be the last piece of food to be eaten at the end of the Seder. Children steal and HIDE the Afikomen, and then demand a ransom for its return so that the Seder can be concluded. So the Easter Egg is equivalent to the Afikomen, except that children Search for one and Hide the other.
        Also, Easter almost ALWAYS occurs during Passover week, because the Last Supper was a Passover Seder, so that’s why Easter Eggs could be called Passover Eggs. 😉

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  3. No Statue of Liberty.
    No Blues Brothers.
    No Simpsons.
    No Phish (really?).
    Not an Eagle on a globe. It’s something very British.
    Spike hairdo is just a punk rocker.
    There is a Tardis.

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    1. “No Phish (really?).”

      ⊹ ahem ⊹

      https://phish.net/song/frankie-says/lyrics

      But if you insist:

      It’s a reference to the English band Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s song “Relax.” During the song’s popularity, there were many people wearing shirts that said “Frankie Says Relax.” It was around 1985. It was just a passing fad.

      The song is essentially a how-to guide for postponing ejaculation. When “Relax” first came out, the band publicly stated that it was written about “motivation.” Later, they admitted it was all about “shagging.”

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  4. Is this really about hidden, or not-so-hidden artwork? This post is about how democracy has been usurped by asshole conservative Republican/Tories. Democracy is not about POWER! Democracy is about governing, not ruling. America fought a revolution to get rid of rulers. Now almost half the people want to be ruled? Why did they bother?

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    1. “ Because that’s not what we do.”

      But some people DID protest in front of KeggerNow’s house, and the houses of a few other Filthy Five Injustices of the Not-So-Supreme Court, after they trashed Roe. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

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      1. Protesting peacefully is NOT ‘riots in the streets’.

        Also, thank you for the ‘planation about Easter eggs vs Passover eggs . . . learn somethin’ new ev’ry day, which I ‘preciate.

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  5. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Proving once again that in addition to being a great cartoonist he is an astute social and political observer, Clay Jones of Claytoonz gives us his take on the new Prime Minister in the UK, Liz Truss. Ms. Truss reminds me too much of our former guy in too many ways. However, I must commend the United Kingdom for not being afraid of women in positions of power as the men here in the U.S. are! Truss is the third female Prime Minister to have served in the UK, following in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher and Teresa May. Once again, thank you Clay Jones for a humorous and yet chilling take on this!

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      1. It wasn’t not her personality, it was her Reaganesque destruction of the UK, its economy and thru that, its people, that was important. And her corruption, via husband Denis.

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  6. Sorry, a quick couple of factual corrections. The vote was 81k for Truss against 60k for Sunak, or thereabouts. And the Queen’s estate being in Ireland? You’ve probably upset an entire country with that – Balmoral is in Scotland! But I agree with your take on the outcome of a fucked up system!

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  7. The leaders of countries elected by popular votes, don’t necessarily, work out well either, as, most voters, aren’t at all, educated enough, and, don’t know what they want, or, what’s, best for them, so, the political governing bodies, still, need to be, “tweaked” some more.

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