As most of his government are off in Recess, as they call it – it’s their version of half-term – and his fiancee has gone to see her mother, the PM called me in to have coffee with him. A rare pleasure.
“You’ve lived in the States, Bryggs,” he said. “What do people think of Biden? He must have some good qualities, beating my friend, er.., my opposite number, and becoming President.”
“He’s served the democratic party well for decades. Reliable. Serious. But now a bit old-looking. 78. And it showed when he tried to look agile and young by trotting up to the rostrum whenever he gave a speech. Some say he won because voters just felt they couldn’t stand any more of Trump. And that they would have even voted for Nigel Farage if he had been American,”
“But I think both stories are stupid. And Biden is certainly not.”
“Obviously, having been chosen by the Democrat Party to run for President, he’s very well considered by his peers. Actually, he’s their big policy expert on foreign affairs.”
“Wants to expand NATO.”
“Favours strategic arms limitations”
“His background is that he comes from a working class family.”
“Got a law degree. Wife has always worked and still does, as a teacher.”
“Another lawyer, eh?”
“Not for very long. Went into politics and became one of the youngest senators ever in US history.”
“And, of course, is a great fan of the EU.”
“Yes. Well. Thank you, Bryggs. I suppose I’d better congratulate him.”
So I finished my coffee and left.