Department of accents: Cockney is leaving London, replaced by something horribly called “London Multicultural English.” I don’t mean that it sounds horrible: not at all. I mean that the name is horrible. The transition strikes me as much the same as the way that the very misnamed New York Latino English is replacing the old-style New York accent. Misnamed, of course, because the accent is not spoken only by Latinos (in fact, in my experience, New Yorkers of Latin descent are more likely to preserve the old-fashioned accent) but has clear links with the old accent. For good examples of the new New York accent go to this BBC link and scroll down to the second video, labeled “Eyewitness accounts of NY crash.” Or listen to this.
Department of Donald. If you do a third-party run, sir, do it right. Fund people for Senate and Congress. Go on, do it. “You’re a man of vision, Mr. Trump, so I know you won’t be content to preside over a government controlled by your opponents. You’re also a man with vast monetary resources at your command, so I know that you can recruit and fund 469 congressional candidates while running an independent presidential campaign. You probably won’t win them all — you may not win any of them — but you ought to be able to draw enough votes away from the Republican candidates to cost most of them their seats, and that’s what you really want, isn’t it? To make the GOP sorry for how unfair they have been to you. Because that’s the kind of man you are.”