The informal invitation for a formal State Visit to the UK that was given by the British prime minister to Donald Trump has roiled that country. A petition to not have the visit be a State Visit with a meeting with the Queen has already garnered nearly 1.9 million signatures and parliament will debate the petition on February 20. The petition states:
Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.
Donald Trump’s well documented misogyny and vulgarity disqualifies him from being received by Her Majesty the Queen or the Prince of Wales. Therefore during the term of his presidency Donald Trump should not be invited to the United Kingdom for an official State Visit.
A counter petition has gathered just over 300,000 signatures.
Many are questioning why the invitation was issued so quickly. It may be that prime minister Theresa May wanted to ingratiate herself with Trump now that the UK may get more isolated with its coming exit from the European Union. The UK always prides itself on its ‘special relationship’ with the US though it often seemed like a subservient relationship, such as with Tony Blair being referred to as Bush’s poodle.
The speaker of the parliament John Bercow was a conservative MP before assuming the speaker’s position. Unlike the highly partisan speaker in the US House of Representatives, the UK position requires the occupant to demonstrate a certain degree of neutrality. He has said that he will not be inviting Trump to address parliament and in the clip below explains why.
Note at the very end, the praise given to the Speaker by the colorful, consistently and strongly progressive 84-year old Labour MP Dennis Skinner (nickname ‘the Beast of Bolsover’) who has been kicked out of the chamber many times. We last met him when the Speaker ordered him to leave for calling former prime minister David Cameron ‘Dodgy Dave’ and refusing to take it back. It was hilarious, like a Monty Python sketch, especially since Speaker Bercow looks and talks like Terry Jones.
The Speaker’s ruling against Trump is quite an insult and Trump has apparently responded to the snub in his typically childish ‘I never wanted to go there anyway’ style, saying that he just wants photo ops with British royalty and maybe play golf with the Queen! Also the article quotes a source as saying that Trump wants the visit to be “the full Monty”. One has to take such statements with a huge grain of salt. I doubt that even Trump thinks that the nonagenarian Queen plays golf now, if she ever did. Also, ever since the release of the film with that name in 1997 made the phrase identified with total nudity, the thought of Trump going ‘the full Monty’ is quite repellant.