I’ve spent my entire life under governments I’ve never agreed with.
I was born under John Major, who I guess wasn't the worst but by no means any good, and I've since seen traitor Tony Blair, clueless robot Gordon Brown, shiny robot David Cameron, and naughty wheat-field-trespassing Theresa May.
I’ve not been a fan of any of them, and I’ll crack the odd joke or two, but in all honesty I can’t think of anything I’ve ever done that could be compared to the Trump baby balloon the left are planning to launch in London during the president's visit to the UK.
I’ve been thinking about this for the last few days. I’ve seen the far left claiming the right is having a "tantrum" about the balloon, but are we?
First off, I’ve not been shouting from the rooftops about it. I’ve mostly just rolled my eyes, as I have done in response to the many shenanigans of the governments I’ve lived under.
But I genuinely don’t believe I’ve ever done anything quite this mental, nor would I have ever done anything like this under Obama. There has been a recent crowdfunding for a Sadiq Khan balloon, a childish-but-funny response to the Trump balloon, but it’s certainly not something I’d have ever dreamed up and supported.
I, and most sane-minded conservatives or non-far-leftists, spent eight years rolling our eyes and tutting at Obama. We accepted he was President and placed our faith in the Republicans in Congress to hold him to account. But I never saw anything quite as childish as this.
I’ll no doubt see the giant balloon over the weekend – which is more than I can say about Trump. The organisers must be sorely disappointed that the President isn’t even going to see it.
It seems like politics is getting less diplomatic by the day. The civility is lost, and while the right is forced to be more radical and outspoken, the left is significantly worse. We’re dealing with violence and intimidation, as well as smugness and mockery.
It’s pretty tiring, it’s pretty boring, and it’s something I’ll never be a part of.
And I think I can assume that most of you reading this agree, right?