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Supine Sunak set to axe ‘Facebook tax’ because he’s scared of big, nasty Donald Trump

Rishi Sunak: ‘Please don’t force us to eat your diseased chicken, Mr Trump! Look – we’ll cancel our tax on your tech companies! They can take as much money as they like from operating in our country and we won’t ask for a penny! Will that persuade you, Mr Trump? Mr Trump? Are you there..?’

Could there be a more blatant display of the UK’s newfound powerLESSness in the world?

The UK imposed a tax on tech companies like Facebook last year, expecting to bring in £500 million per year from firms that make more than £25 million each and would otherwise pay very little indeed.

But now Rishi Sunak is reportedly planning to axe it, in the hope that doing so will encourage Donald Trump not to insist on sending chlorinated chicken to the UK.

Sunak doesn’t even have the bargaining power to say he’ll do it on condition that Trump relents on his determination to foist food poisoning on the United Kingdom.

The justification to the rest of us? “Oh, it’s more trouble than it’s worth.”

I don’t know about that. £500 million is a lot of money to most of us.

The whole situation is pathetic.

The Johnson government, in the footsteps of Theresa May and David Cameron, has reduced Britain from Greatness to a state that can only be described as Little.

Source: Rishi Sunak to axe ‘Facebook tax’ on US tech giants deciding it is ‘more trouble than it’s worth’ | Daily Mail Online

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Messages cut into grass for Donald Trump show everything that’s WRONG with political discourse

How do you explain to the world’s most powerful man that he’s making a mistake?

You don’t do it like this:

Not helpful: This image probably put a smile on many faces during the first day of Donald Trump’s UK visit – but you can guarantee that the President’s wasn’t one of them.

But it is a symptom of the extreme levels to which political discourse has been pushed that people think it appropriate to carve an image of a penis into the landscape on Donald Trump’s approach to the UK as a message to him.

It’s the same thinking that has people labelling supporters of the Brexit Party in the recent European Parliament elections as “fascists”.

Or, indeed, labelling critics of the current Likud-headed Israeli government as “anti-Semites”.

I hope Mr Trump didn’t see it, although I fear media coverage means he’ll be unable to avoid it.

It can’t do any good at all.

I mean, if somebody took issue with your work by leaving dick pics with your name attached all over the environment, would it make you feel inclined to be sympathetic?

I’m guessing no.

I’m aware that Mr Trump is a man of – let’s say – strong views, but every such man can still fall prey to friendly persuasion.

You simply have to find out what will persuade him. What will put pressure on him.

And you have to be in a position to apply that pressure.

For people in the UK after 40 years of progressive weakening by neoliberal governments that have sold off pretty much everything that made this nation strong, that’s a pretty tall order.

For members of an international movement dedicated to the survival of our species – and many others – in the face of determined efforts towards extinction by a highly-privileged few…

Well, it’s harder work than carving a penis into the grass on the flight path to Stansted Airport, but it could be far more rewarding.

Let’s try to be a little more intelligent about this, please.

Source: Messages cut into grass for Donald Trump to see as he lands for UK state visit | Metro News

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