NOW this may surprise you but yesterday Joe Biden absolutely, definitely, utterly and without a shadow of a doubt won the US Presidential Election of 2020 and will be inaugurated as the 46th President of the USA on January 20.

The election result has never been in doubt except in the fantasies of President Donald Trump, his drooling lawyers and many of his deluded and misled supporters, but yesterday it all became officially Biden’s win when the state of Georgia announced the result of its recount of ballots putting Biden well ahead in the Electoral College once and for all.

The only way that Trump can now win is to subvert the American electoral process and persuade Republican states to send electors to the College who are willing to defy the wishes of the people and vote for the man who lost in their state. It was being reported yesterday that he was asking Republican senators in Michigan to come to the White House to discuss doing just that, but if Trump doesn’t want to condemn the Republican Party to the fate of the Scottish Labour Party and put the GOP in the wilderness, then he should back off.

He has lawsuits going in other states and there is a partial recount in Wisconsin – the “billionaire” Trump couldn’t afford the $7.9 million for a full recount – but it’s all over bar the shouting. Trump will do plenty of that, all the way to the Supreme Court, though even there his own three appointees will baulk at backing his camp’s evidence-less claims of electoral fraud.

The clinching moment came when Georgia’s secretary of state Brad Raffensperger – a respected Republican vilified by Trump for not playing ball with his anti-democratic coup – certified president-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state, surely ending Trump’s long-shot bid to reverse narrow losses in swing states.

Raffensperger certified that Biden won Georgia by 12,587, following a statewide hand recount that slightly narrowed Biden’s lead from about 14,000.

His office said in a press release: “In certifying the results, the secretary of state affirmed that all 159 counties have provided to the state the total votes tabulated for each state and federal candidate.

“With the certification, the two-business-day time period begins for a candidate who lost by less than 0.5% of the vote to request a recount.

“Certification does not preclude the state from continuing any current investigations related to the General Election or from pursuing any future allegations that may arise from these elections.”

Trump will almost certainly ask for a recount but that will be the third count of votes and Raffensberger is confident there will be little or no difference to the result.

Meanwhile the lawsuits from Trump continue in Michigan and Pennsylvania but even in the extremely unlikely chance of Trump winning them, he still won’t have enough Electoral College votes.