In the US
In the March 5 primaries and caucuses, Trump wins Kentucky and Louisiana, while Ted Cruz wins Kansas and Maine. Trump asked Marco Rubio to drop out of the race, so that he can ‘take on’ Cruz, the Tea-Party candidate, ‘one-on-one’.
It is worthy of note that the establishment doesn’t like Cruz anymore than it does Trump, and that Trump won in Kentucky, the home state of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who has been working overtime to derail Trump’s campaign.
After Carsons’ resignation, Rubio and John Kasich are still hanging for reasons best known to themselves, although they have no chance of winning. It is a race for third place, which is about getting a better job on Capitol Hill.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won Nebraska and Kansas, while front-runner Hillary Clinton just managed to get through in Louisiana. Clinton is banking on winning in the big primary in Michigan on Tuesday.
Sanders won by solid margins in Nebraska and Kansas, giving him seven victories so far in the nominating season, compared to 11 for Clinton, who therefore still maintains a commanding lead in competition for delegates. Sanders insists on the significance of his wide margins of victory, where he wins, and calls it evidence that his political revolution is happening.
In the delegate count so far for Republicans Trump leads with at least 378 to Cruz 295. Rubio has 123 delegates and Kasich 34. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.
For the Democrats Clinton has at least 1,121 delegates to Sanders’ 479. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.
In the UK
Boris Johnson has hitched his political wagon to opposing the obviously fixed European Referendum, knowing that both the Washington and Westminster élites are going to ensure a victory for the ‘IN’ campaign. However, he is counting on the establishment using bullying tactics and lies to achieve the win. This, he will do his level best to uncover and fight.
When the Cameron/Osborne team achieve their win in June, he will have gored them in a thousand places, making Osborne, pretender to Cameron’s throne, unelectable in future political contests.
His first chance along this route came with the suspension of John Longworth, the highly respected leader of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), for backing “Brexit”. He has expressed his ‘horror’ at the unfairness of this in no uncertain terms. It is the first of a long series of slices he will be taking out of Osborne’s political hide.
The ‘IN’ campaign will use the tried and tested methods of fear mongering and underhand skullduggery that were the Westminster establishment’s style used to obtain the ‘IN’ vote in the Scottish Referendum on Independence. Washington was standing hard behind that ‘IN’ campaign, just as it is behind this new one. Either exit would reduce its hold over Europe.