Theresa May has become a pathetic punching bag, pummeled for one failure after another, the biggest of course being her utter messing up of the Brexit process. She leaves office ignominiously on Friday, June 7 but the British public will have one last chance to give her a raspberry when she hosts Donald Trump for a three-day state visit beginning today for which hundreds of thousands are expected to protest, including flying the Trump baby blimp.
Trump has not exactly endeared himself to the British by his gratuitous insertion into their leadership race by praising Boris Johnson for the Conservative party leadership. Johnson has made life difficult for May by undermining her at every turn and having Trump endorse him just before his visit is just another humiliation for her. Trump has also been criticizing May for the way she has handled the Brexit negotiations but she will likely swallow her pride (if she still has any left) and grovel before him and utter the usual drivel about the ‘special relationship’ between the US and the UK which, as far as I can see, involves the UK doing what the US demands in return for a pat on the head.
The comments by the US ambassador Woody Johnson that if the UK pursues a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, that would include possible privatization of the beloved National Health Service and demanding that the UK allow imports of things like chlorinated chicken has raised further alarms.
Here is how Sky News is promoting its coverage of the visit. Given that Sky is part of the Rupert Murdoch media empire, it is surprisingly less than flattering to Trump.
How seriously does the rest of the world take Trump? Well, here’s how Sky News is advertising his UK state visit. Watch. pic.twitter.com/wEa0EedoxJ
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) June 1, 2019
Jonathan Pie gives his thoughts on these latest developments. He also says that only 37% voted in the EU elections, though initial reports had it at 50%, suggesting to him that the majority of the British public is fed up with the whole mess that their political leadership has brought them to. (Language advisory)