We have watched with fascinated horror as the fear of foreign terrorism has pushed a panicked public in Britain and America toward the dark side.
First, the right-leaning Brits (the Conservative wing of the British Party currently rules them) voted by a small majority to undo forty years of European détente – then the Yanks voted in Trump. By a small minority.
Both groups of voters contained those who believed these disastrous decisions would help protect them from repeats of the atrocities they had recently witnessed.
Enter Marine Le Pen.
The daughter of Jean-Marie, she is believed to be “softer” than her mother. However, the party she leads is still the National Front – two words that will forever strike fear into Brits who were around in the late Seventies – and there is a presidential election coming in the Spring.
She ran in the last one, coming a poor third to the present president, François Hollande and the diminutive Nicolas Sarkozy. But that was before the latest wave of terrorist atrocities, from which France has suffered the most.
Meaning she could become the third in a triumvirate of terror.
It also means something else; her win would ensure that a NATO summit would include herself – plus Nicola Sturgeon (Scotland may not have nukes, but Britain’s are parked there) Theresa May and Angela Merkin.
And Donald Trump.
If they find themselves in a lift with him – they had better keep a hand on their ha’pennies.