Donald Trump’s controversial visit to Britain

Demonstrator in London yesterday

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

A Nightmare on Downing Street

Tuesday 21st February 2017

Parliament in uproar over Trump’s visit – but Theresa May continues to defend it

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump was accused of leading the world into an Orwellian fantasy as Parliament debated his state visit yesterday.

Labour MP Paul Flynn, who opened the Westminster Hall debate, warned that an “Orwellian world is unfolding before us where lies are the truth, good is bad, war is peace, fantasy is fact.”

He said that we were seeing “the figure of the Trump Big Brother, ever present, preaching from his one source of news.”

Parliament was debating a petition that had received a “remarkable total” of over 1.8 million signatores calling for Mr Trump’s planned state visit to be cancelled.

Mr Flynn told MPs it was “extraordinary” that the billionaire bigot had been invited on a state visit merely days into his presidency, reminding them that only two presidents had been accorded an official trip since 1952.

He accused the US president of a “ceaseless incontinence of speech” and suggested it may appear that the government is “pimping out the Queen for Donald Trump.

“He is the least popular president in this country ever,” Mr Flynn said. And he warned that “if we don’t take notice of these petitions” politicians will lose the trust of the people of this country.

But a Downing Street source has said that cancelling the visit would be “a populist gesture” and would “undo everything” achieved during Prime Minister Theresa May’s meeting with Mr Trump.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said before the debate: “Let no-one be in doubt that I will oppose, and the Labour Party will oppose, all those who fan the flames of fear at home and abroad.

“I support the demand of millions of British people: Donald Trump should not be welcomed on a state visit to this country while he continues to propagate his anti-women, anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican policies.”

Protests started early yesterday afternoon in central London as hundreds of students marched from Downing Street to Parliament Square chanting: “Migrants in, Tories out” and “Let them in, let them stay, let’s deport Theresa May.”

London demonstrator Sarah Horton with sign, photo NOS/Suse van Kleef

This photo from yesterday’s demonstration in London shows demonstrator Sarah Horton with a sign depicting British Prime Minister Theresa May about to go to bed with Donald Trump.

The National Union of Students (NUS) called for students to walk out of university in protest against the British government’s “complicity” with the racist policies of Mr Trump.

NUS international students’ officer Mostafa Rajaai said: “It has become more important than ever before for us to unite in showing opposition to racism, xenophobia and hatred and to stand in solidarity with all those who have been feeling the brunt of state-sponsored racism across the UK and beyond.”

Events were held across the country in conjunction with migrant rights group One Day Without Us.

Crowds gathered in Manchester as Steph Pike, one of the organisers of the demonstration, said: “We reject the vicious, racist, sexist, elitist, warmongering policies of Trump and demand that Trump’s state visit is cancelled.”

Global Justice Now projected a giant “Say no to Trump” slogan on to the Houses of Parliament ahead of yesterday’s debate.

Director Nick Dearden said: “We’ve made this projection to stand alongside the nearly two million people who signed the petition to demand that this state visit should not take place and the hundreds of thousands of people who are taking to the streets to oppose the racism and xenophobia that Trump represents.”

People’s Assembly national secretary Sam Fairbairn told the Star: “This is one of the biggest petitions that has been delivered to Parliament. But the government has already decided the outcome. They obviously have no respect for ordinary people.

“This is a terrible mistake from Theresa May, an increasingly unpopular PM, unelected and losing the argument on every front.”

15 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s controversial visit to Britain

  1. Tuesday 21st February 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    OPPONENTS of US President Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric rallied in their thousands in cities across the country at the weekend to protest at his immigration policies.

    Many carried placards featuring a woman in a Stars and Stripes flag hijab with the caption: “We the people are greater than fear.”

    Democratic New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at an “I Am A Muslim Too” rally in the city’s Times Square, declaring: “We have to dispel the stereotypes.” He added that the US was “a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs.”

    Def Jam Recordings cofounder Russell Simmons, who helped organise the rally, said that the president, who used to be a friend of his, had unified the people in attendance.

    “We won’t speak too harshly of him today. We want to thank him for bringing us together,” he declared.

    Palestinian-American Linda Sarsour noted that Sunday marked the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D Roosevelt ordering the internment of people of Italian, German and Japanese origin.

    She asked the audience to pledge to be part of “the true never-again generation.”

    In Salem, Oregon, about 1,000 people demonstrated in front of the state capitol to voice their support for immigration rights.

    Yesica Navarro spoke of arriving in the US as a child with her family and growing up as an immigrant.

    She told the protesters: “We love this country and we want to be accepted. This is our home.”

    Thousands also marched in Dallas, chanting: “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here.”


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