does the joker go on happy hour with mackie longAlthough there were rumors that President Casey would offer him a comfy position in his Cabinet, possibly Postmaster General or Presidential Secretary, Mackie didn't return to politics and was mostly seen holding host with tired old film stars like Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan on the late-night circuits. It was an ignominious end for the once rising star of American politics; his claim to fame outside the States was mostly as the "Long family member who has a shitty talk show." That talk show, ironically, would be the thing that would save his career. Happy Hour with Mackie Long was initially a bust, a cheaply made program on the American Television Network (ATN) with a wheelhouse of unamusing party games and joke-book level humor that failed to bring in younger viewers. Mackie, who had underwent significant plastic surgery as he entered his forties to try and keep his youthful looks, went out and bombed on a nightly basis and came close to breaking his contract with ATN and leaving the program entirely. That is, until Mackie deciding to go in a different direction on the night Bob Casey announced he would not be running for reelection - mocking the "tired old ideas and the tired old men of the so-called Justice Party," he railed against the aging gerontocracy that would most likely pick one of their one to succeed the outgoing President. The media ran wild with it, headline's of "Mackie's Back!" splashed across every newspaper in the country and the morning news desperately trying to book interviews with the suddenly in-demand Long. That gerontocracy he attacked took notice, too - clearly the popular mood was against an old hand taking over and it's not like Mackie was ever a rabble-rouser until now, so why not bring him into the fold? Mackie, ever ambitious, jumped at the offer and joined back in the party he had become famous for attacking.
I mean this in the best possible way - this is very similar to those 60s TV segments where a junior professor with a pipe explained how in THE YEAR 2000, we will all be living in 1000-unit phalanstères with units able to detach and airlift from building to building whose interiors are kept at 27 degrees so you don't have to wear clothing indoors except for aesthetic purposes.2091-2099: Seina Ray (Labour)
2099-2108: Apple Chatten (Democratic)
2108-2112: Russert Halden Sowers (Democratic)
2112-2113: Aloora Munnelly (Labour)
2113-2118: Russert Halden Sowers (Democratic)
2118-2120: Paisley Allen (Labour)
What England will be like a Hundred Years hence?
Nothing Tory makes it out of the near-future. The Democrats can offer the exact same social and economic libertarianism without all the baggage of being a major party that received less than 20% of the 18- to 24-year-old vote. Anglicans make up no more than 4% of the population, but nobody's bothered with disestablishment yet. 70% of all relationships are polyamorous. England is a middle power. Everyone works from home and 'going out' is a rarity. Having a brain augmentation is as common as having a smartphone was in 2020. 95% of the population will experience mental health issues during their lifetime. The total fertility rate is 0.2. Most of Lincolnshire and Norfolk are underwater — nobody cares. The 'British' Antarctic Territory provides 10% of GDP. You're probably still alive, so you've got that going for you.
That's my theory, barring a black swan event.
Oh, I know. I took the title (and format) from the Answers magazine as a "the future as seen from now" because ultimately all of this is unpredictable and I'm relying entirely upon current trends.I mean this in the best possible way - this is very similar to those 60s TV segments where a junior professor with a pipe explained how in THE YEAR 2000, we will all be living in 1000-unit phalanstères with units able to detach and airlift from building to building whose interiors are kept at 27 degrees so you don't have to wear clothing indoors except for aesthetic purposes.
Why thank you, it does mean a lot getting positive feedback from a veteran list makers so that’s nice. I would be interested to know what picks you thought were the phreshest because mine is probably Ron Dellums as a President of the U.S.A or Christopher Thomson as Prime Minister (also doing collaborative lists often helps with phresh picks). Also I always like to ponder how to make a list realistic (even the gimmick one of Nottinghamshire MPs had a vague plan of sorts).@Time Enough sorry I missed your first of those few TLs, I just wanted to say, I really enjoy your stuff - you often get in some nice phresh picks and good ways to do things.
Ellen Wilkinson, I've often thought, could be quite a good PM. In an odd sort of way. I could see her holding onto the cabinet office, reforming the lines of government, but letting the ministries run themselves. Which would... I mean she'd be a narrow first among equals working out a system for checks and balances, rather than the kind of leader we're used to. But... in the right circumstances. Maybe.
Well done for breaking ground on PM Arthur Webber
Yep, the idea is we get Peak Right Wing John Bercow in office on a slim majority, a Thatcherite Eurosceptic Government which crashes and burns due a variety of reasons ranging from party problems (despite not being fans of his Eurocentric ideals many prefer Ken Clarke over the blustering Bercow), aggressive Labour opposition and a small recession towards the end of his term leads to Bercow being ousted by Harriet Harman (which many agree is an embarrassment).I'm guessing Bercow's government was spectacularly unsuccessful if Ken Clarke goes from running a splinter against the majority to leading the party within probably about a year.
-David Lloyd George doesn’t manage to escape being lynched by an angry mob in Birmingham in 18 December 1901 after speaking against the Boer War,leading to social tensions