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On politics and of course, football

Various thought come to mind. Trump meeting your Prime minister. Trump hardly has to open his mouth and rubbish pours out. He seems to live in an alternate reality as nothing he says has any relevance to the real world and his actions on immigration show that. He is monstrous, but will this empower others over here in Europe to do the same? Italy is leaning towards it. I am still waiting for my nightmare to be over and Trump loses the election and we don’t face Brexit. Yet it is true. What will the third calamity be?

My youngest son visited Amsterdam last week. He loved it, though was unsettled by the number of boorish English football fans who swagger around as if they owned the place, chanting mindless tunes and embarrassing themselves. Just think what will happen if they win!

Speaking of which were you watching Belgium against Japan? How did you take it? Did you revel in their failure as Japan took a 2-0 lead or glory in their victory as they squeezed past 3-2 in the end. If it were the English and our closest rivals Scotland, the fans would be dancing down the street gloating. Would the Dutch do the same as Belgium looked near defeat? Do they want Belgium to win the world cup or would that be the worst thing ever?

The World Cup is certainly missing the colour of the Dutch fans. They always took a great following to competitions and if 10% of the Icelandic population can travel to Russia, would the Netherlands have been empty if they had qualified?

Back to Trump, it was great to see your Prime Minister Mark Rutte say No to him at the press conference in the White House. If only more countries would stand up to him. Shame Trump has an orange face and orange hair. He almost looks like a cartoon Dutch fan!

Image attribution: By Zabou [CC BY 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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