Michael Bloomberg has hinted that he may stand as an Independent in the forthcoming presidential race. One of my students, preternaturally informed about politics, had suggested this scenario to me last week and I had airily dismissed it, with the assured, patronising air that only years in teaching can perfect. So it is personally annoying to find the former New York mayor making his candidacy mutterings again.
However, he's not yet declared, and Bloomberg does have a habit of flying his balloons and then retreating back as if they were a blue touch-paper. And it is difficult to see what he gains from an independent candidacy, unless it is a manoeuvre to further de-stabilise the Republicans by dragging their moderates (there are still a few) into his camp. So I may yet be right. God, I hope so. It's humiliating to find a 16 year old has a more prescient grasp of political outcomes than I do!