I don’t know why people are kicking off about the proposed Donald Trump state visit to the UK.
I for one think that not only should it go ahead, a national holiday should be declared for us all to really enjoy it as we saw fit.
Then, there would be several choices – or should that be many sides – on how to pass our day.
Option one – take our place behind the metal barriers in London, put pillow cases over our heads and set fire to the nearest cross as he drives down the Mall in the ‘General Lee’.
This has the added benefit of offering people the chance also to swap anecdotes about the TV show Dukes of Hazzard and wonder if present day Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke came from Hazzard.
Option two – you could take our place on the Mall, forget about the pillow cases and the burning crosses and boo loudly to show your contempt for him as a person and a politician or just poke fun at his hair.
Option three would be not to turn up at all. Ignore him. The result would be a series of ‘tumbleweed’ photo ops that would present a challenge to arguably the world’s vainest man to persuade people the largest crowds ever assembled in the history of state visits in the UK came to see him.
I’m less inclined to ban the US president from these shores than some because while Trump is an egotistical, sexist, bigoted clown with a worrying empathy towards white supremacists, compared to other recent subjects of state visits, he’s an OK kind of guy.
Let’s not forget we’ve rolled out the red carpet to leaders of Saudi Arabia and China recently whose regimes are less than au fait with human rights.
And within living memory the British Establishment, whilst denouncing Nelson Mandela as a terrorist, invited apartheid South Africa’s President PW Botha to the UK in 1984 for a state visit, thanks to Margaret Thatcher.
Let’s face it, these visits aren’t about bestowing moral acceptance on regimes, it’s about cash and trade. As we’re soon to leave the EU, we can’t be too sniffy about who we dance with, as they say.
Still this could all be academic for two reasons.
The first is that Trump probably won’t come anyway because he’s not assured of a fraternal welcome.
The second is that you really can’t see him lasting much longer unless the Trump presidency is being judged on the amount of headlines it is generating.
Maybe it is just a bizarre reality TV show nobody was told had been scheduled. Or maybe it’s a really, really long film, and could feasibly be as sequel to Birth of a Nation.
Source : Chroniclelive