The 45th President of the United States has achieved something incredibly rare. Tonight it seems he has unified the whole world…
… Against him.
Yes, it seems that after only 10 days in office, Donald Trump has only two allies outside his own administration:
Benjamin Netanyahu and Theresa May. And I’m not all that sure about Netanyahu.
This is the day when Jeremy Corbyn wrote to advise Mrs May that her support for Mr Trump, after the president signed his Executive Order banning people from seven mainly-Muslim countries from travelling to the States, put the UK in an extremely difficult situation with regard to a long-standing international convention on refugees.
He wrote: “It should be noted that the latter part of the policy represents a (temporary) breach by the United States of the 1951 Refugee Convention, re-affirmed and expanded via a 1967 Protocol. This commits the UK and 143 other signatories to accept refugees without regard to their race, religion or country of origin; Trump’s policy now which places the future of this important Convention in substantial doubt.
“The government’s effective endorsement of President Trump and his dangerous and divisive policy platform has already damaged our country’s standing and reputation in the world. Members of Parliament, from across Parliament, and the public have been shocked and appalled by your inability to stand up for the values of rule of law, human rights and religious liberty. Building commercial and diplomatic relationships is important, but these are values which many hold to be fundamental in this country. This country’s principles are not for sale.
“You will be aware of the petition supporting my calls for you to withdraw the invitation extended to President Trump to make a State Visit to the UK later this year, which has now reached over a million signatures. It is clear this visit does not command the support of the public or many MPs. I ask, once again, and as a matter of urgency, that you withdraw this invitation and stand up for our country’s values, international law and human rights, against President Trump’s policy.”
This is the day when Boris Johnson, the UK’s incompetent Foreign Secretary, was summoned to the House of Commons to explain exactly how Mr Trump’s travel ban would affect UK citizens born overseas or with dual passports.
He had previously told us the only Britons affected would be dual citizens of the UK and a ‘listed’ country, travelling from one of those countries – having been told this 15 hours after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had secured a similar clarification from the Trump administration.
In Parliament, Mr Johnson revised his comments, saying he had been assured Brits born overseas or with dual passports would not be affected.
Labour’s Emily Thornberry destroyed the bumbling BoJob with a few surgically-accurate sentences.
“Canada is supposed to be five hours behind the UK, so why was it a day ahead of us in resolving this issue?” she demanded to know.
“The order was signed barely an hour or two after the Prime Minister left the White House. Can the Foreign Secretary tell us whether this imminent order was mentioned in the discussions about terrorism and security? I do not know what is worse: that the President has such little respect for the Prime Minister that he would not think of telling her, or that he did and that she did not think it sounded wrong.”
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) January 30, 2017
Dennis Skinner hit the nail on the head, too:
— Sarhang Hars (@sarhangg) January 30, 2017
This is the day more than one and a half million people signed a petition calling for the planned State Visit to the UK by Donald Trump later in the year to be cancelled:
This is the day when people gathered in their tens of thousands to protest against the planned State Visit – in Glasgow:
… in Bristol:
… in Newcastle:
… in Dundee:
… in Manchester:
… in Brighton:
… in – I don’t even know where this one was:
… and in London:
Sadly, if Theresa May saw the signs in the last three images (above), they fell on blind eyes.
Because this is the day that the UK’s useless prime minister defied her own people and let us all down. Again.
10 Downing Street has signalled that it will not cancel the Trump visit:
In response to the furore this morning, a Downing Street spokesman said: “The invitation to a state visit has been made it’s been accepted, and we will proceed with a state visit.”
An unknown government source told the BBC cancelling the visit would be a “populist gesture” that would “undo everything”.
And what, exactly, is “everything” in this context? Some grubby little trade deal in which Mrs May most likely betrayed the British people already?
If so, then let it be undone.
The evidence of this day is clear. Theresa May is no Prime Minister of the UK. She does not represent This Writer. She does not represent the people who took to the streets to protest against her. And she does not represent the million-and-a-half people who signed a petition to stop her American bestie from coming to the United Kingdom.
All she represents is her own selfishness, greed, and lust for power – any kind of power, even if it is handed down to her by a bigger tyrant than she is.
We cannot trust her to represent our interests abroad. We cannot trust her with Trump. We cannot trust her with Brexit. We cannot trust or believe her at all.
But we can do everything in our power to frustrate her. If she will not accept the will of the people, there is no reason on this Earth that we should accept hers. She is an unelected toadie with no mandate from the people.
The appropriate phrase is from Paradise Lost: “Non serviam”.
If she won’t serve the people, then it is time we refused to comply with her.
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