What kind of country is the UK, if our prime minister has to be (metaphorically) dragged to the microphone to denounce Donald Trump’s defence of neo-Nazis in the United States?
We can all see, now, that she didn’t want to do it. She doesn’t see anything wrong with what happened in Charlottesville at the weekend. She supports neo-Nazis just as much as Trump, because Trump supports them and she’s hitched her wagon to his star because of Brexit.
So she tried to dismiss any attempt to get her to criticise him with a statement from a spokesman – so, one step removed: “What the President says is a matter for him. We are very clear. We condemn racism, hatred and violence. We condemn the far right.”
Not exactly a scathing attack on what happened, was it?
Yesterday, after Trump condemned the behaviour of people on both sides of the Charlottesville confrontation, Mrs May finally plucked up the courage to deliver these pre-scripted lines: “I see no equivalence between those who profound [sic] fascists views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far-right views wherever we hear them.”
Strangely, she still has not condemned the far-right views that were put forward at Charlottesville. And, of course, it was still not a direct criticism of Trump himself.
On the other hand (sorry), it seems Mrs May has quite a lot to say about the silencing of Big Ben. Are we supposed to think it is the main news story of the day, rather than the fact there is a fascist in the White House?
She said the decision to stop Ben from bonging must be reviewed urgently and “can’t be right”.
No, Mrs May! It’s the decision to put a fascist in the White House that needs urgent attention. Big Ben is just a bell attached to a clock!
Yet again, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was the voice of reason. He said Big Ben going silent for four years was “not a national disaster”.
Of course Twitter has been having fun with the story. Tom London poses the big question:
Why have Theresa May and Boris Johnson cosied up to the fascist in the White House?
Why does MSM not hold them to account?
— Tom London (@TomLondon6) August 16, 2017
And here’s the answer:
Apparently the Daily Mail doesn't want Big Ben silenced. It's quite happy to silence women, minorities and the working poor, though.
— Mike Wallis (@nalsa) August 16, 2017
That’s right – the mainstream (right-wing) media are happy to support fascism – just as Mrs May is happy to do the same – and will distract us with the Big Ben story to keep us docile.
Well, that’s not going to happen. Here’s one of the UK’s oldest political campaigners, laying it out for us all:
When Theresa May won't denounce the blatant fascism of #Donaldtrump it's evident she marches to the same tune.
— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) August 16, 2017
And here’s the MSM, trying to distract us again:
#Breaking Theresa May says "it can't be right for Big Ben to be silent for four years" after officials announce plans to silence its bongs
— Press Association (@PA) August 16, 2017
And the response. Oh dear:
And it can't be right that Theresa May is silent for four days after the US President defends neo-Nazis https://t.co/Qx1IF6Dnir
— Rachel Humphreys (@rachel_hump) August 16, 2017
Or how about this?
North Korea, Venezuela & Charlottesville all pose important diplomatic challenges but Theresa May is busy devoting her efforts to Big Ben.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) August 16, 2017
I like this, from Chris Bryant:
MPs who say they hadn't realised major work on Elizabeth Tower and clock's mechanics would silence it really shouldn't make big decisions.
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) August 16, 2017
Leading Tories seem to have got the message – but have failed to communicate it to their leader, causing serious embarrassment:
I learned that as a child.
It was pretty obvious.
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) August 16, 2017
Shame your party leader and prime minister didn't. https://t.co/HQPVMSuMU0
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) August 16, 2017
Worst of all is the fact that we’re still going to have to put up with a state visit from Trump, despite his declaration of support for the Nazis:
Theresa May going ahead with Donald Trump's state visit shows she's adding "Legitimiser of a Nazi Apologist" to her already horrendous CV.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) August 16, 2017
With Trump in the US and May here in the UK, it seems the Allies of World War II have become the enemy they fought.
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