British Theresa May, Trump’s anti-climate poodle

Donald Trump and Theresa May, cartoon

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

PM kowtows to Trump

Saturday 3rd June 2017

THE future of our planet should be more important to a British prime minister than loyalty to the US president, but that hasn’t registered with Theresa May.

When Chinese and European Union leaders felt driven to sign a joint declaration criticising Donald Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, May wouldn’t join them.

She boasts now of telling Trump, when he phoned her to explain his reasons, that she was “disappointed” by his decision and points out that neither Japan

with its far-right governnment

nor Canada

where the government is involved in anti-climate tar sands oil popeline lobbying, contrary to its pro-environment election promises

signed the joint declaration.

The fact that two other G7 states don’t wish to risk upsetting the US president does not minimise May’s cowardice in ducking the opportunity to demonstrate strength and stability.

She has displayed a pusillanimity that has become all too apparent as the general election campaign has played out.

Her refusal, born out of fear, to engage in head-to-head political debate with Jeremy Corbyn bears witness to a personal weakness that could be exploited ruthlessly by Brussels bureaucrats [in Brexit negotiations] if the electorate made the mistake of returning the Tories to government.

May’s Washington hero insists that he will negotiate a new “fairer” climate deal, but that’s not his call. Paris is part of a United Nations process.

Just two countries did not sign up to Paris — Syria, which was and remains embroiled in a war to thwart regime change directed from outside the country, and Nicaragua, which felt that the accord didn’t go far enough.

Most corporate media reports I read mentioned that Nicaragua had not signed; but ‘forgot’ to mention it was because Nicaragua did not think it went far enough.

Managua [capital of Nicaragua] is undoubtedly correct in its assessment, but the value of Paris lies in its quasi-universal nature, building on the false start of the 2009 Copenhagen climate change agreement to which neither of the planet’s main polluters — the US and China — had subscribed.

There are still those who deny mankind’s role in stoking global warming, but scientific opinion overwhelmingly backs this thesis and recognises the disastrous consequences of failing to take action to reduce and, in time, reverse it.

When a member of that tiny minority is elected to executive leadership in the most powerful country in the world and carries through his unscientific and dangerous notion, it has consequences for us all.

But our Prime Minister pursues a deferential relationship with Trump because of her limited ambition of seeing a post-Brexit Britain’s principal role as Washington’s bag-carrier-in-chief.

It would be wrong to see Trump’s decision as representing widespread US public opinion.

The US president is careful to couch his disregard for the environment in terms of US workers’ jobs, but, in reality, he is repaying the campaign backing received from the US transnational corporations that run the energy industries, especially the cut-throat coal companies that despoil the countryside as they destroy the atmosphere.

His backwards-looking approach will delight Big Energy shareholders

including Trump himself

in the short term but do nothing for long-term employment hopes for workers in the US.

Just as the Tories in Britain have failed to invest adequately in jobs-rich green energy, Trump believes that reliance on old technology will secure US capitalism.

China is already making giant strides towards replacing with solar panels old power-generating infrastructure that has polluted the atmosphere in major cities.

Germany has invested heavily for decades in renewables in pursuit of a carbon-free energy production.

These and other like-thinkers are giving a global lead while our PM kow-tows to a pompous ignoramus, providing further evidence of her unsuitability to lead the country.

WORLD leaders condemned US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord yesterday. The World Meteorological Organisation’s Deon Terblanche said he had not run any new scientific models since the announcement but the “worst-case scenario” would be a 0.3°C average global temperature rise by 2100: here.

Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement is another in a growing list of actions that exemplify the thoroughly reactionary character of his administration: here.

A new rule by the Trump administration will revise a mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), denying birth control benefits to hundreds of thousands of women. Under the legislation popularly known as Obamacare, women with health insurance can presently receive contraceptives at no cost, with some notable exceptions: here.

43 thoughts on “British Theresa May, Trump’s anti-climate poodle

  1. Saturday 3rd June 2017

    posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

    THERESA MAY slunk into South Yorkshire yesterday to hold a secret media photo-call in the back garden of a Tory councillor’s home in Doncaster.

    She arrived in the former mining and steel town for publicity stunts in secret for fear of protests.

    The visit was kept under wraps and access was strictly controlled — only invited guests and media.

    But protests took place anyway, including one outside Doncaster’s office of the Department for Work and Pensions, where supporters of the Women’s Lives Matter organisation were voicing their opposition to child benefit cuts and the withdrawal of funding for women’s refuges for victims of domestic violence.

    Since 2010 women’s refuges and domestic violence services have lost funding and been forced to close.

    One of the protesters, Lou Harrison, told the Morning Star: “We’ve seen Theresa May pictured on TV in the back garden of a terraced house in Armthorpe.

    “It was a Tory councillor’s house. She’s not shown herself to the public.

    “She’s not met with people. It’s all been completely hushhush. She has obviously hidden herself.”

    Armthorpe was a mining community badly hit by the Tories’ destruction of the coal industry.

    The government has axed child benefit for any third child born into a family, she said.

    Further protests were planned last night in York where Ms May was due to stage another publicity stunt.


  2. Saturday 3rd June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    FRESH polling analysis published yesterday indicated a late swing of ethnic minority voters towards Labour.

    Research by the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank, shows Labour enjoying a massive 34-point lead over the Conservatives among non-white voters.

    The findings chime with other polling showing an upswing in Labour support among young voters and in London, where almost 40 per cent of the population are members of ethnic minorities.

    Analysis of 10 ICM Unlimited polls conducted between April 19 — including the last one before the election was announced — and May 30 shows Labour support among ethnic minorities topping 54 per cent.

    Runnymede Trust director Dr Omar Khan said: “A number of recent polls have suggested that Theresa May’s lead over Jeremy Corbyn has been narrowing.

    “Our polling analysis indicates that Labour’s support among ethnic minorities may well be increasing in the latter stages of this campaign.

    “It all shows there is everything to play for in the last few days, and that ethnic minority turnout will matter.”


  3. Saturday, 3 June 2017

    First the 2016 referendum defeat for the ruling class, now May is being humbled; next comes a Labour government and a socialist revolution

    THE LAST week has seen the Tory drive to have PM May crowned as Empress, via a runaway election victory and a huge majority, disintegrate, as the man who they were seeking to humiliate and turn into a joke, Corbyn, turned the tables on them, and revealed that actually they were the fools.

    What has happened is that the working class – that is still paying the full price for the 2008 capitalist banking collapse with a regime of permanent austerity that has cut wages, brought in mass hunger, food banks and homelessness, and youth who either go to school hungry or go on to university and embrace massive indebtedness in order to get an education – has had enough and has begun to lift up Corbyn and Co on its shoulders.

    This unwelcome appearance of the working class and the youth, as far as the ruling class is concerned, is bringing down the ‘overmighty’ May, who thought that the snap election was going to be a victory parade, and declined to debate with the representatives of the lower orders.

    The Tory leadership even allowed the Tory party to become ‘Team May’ with all the emphasis on the mighty May, a superwoman who was going to save the UK capitalists and canter to a massive election victory, after which she would be able to dictate terms to the world.

    This drunken mirage has evaporated, and the Tory knives are now out for May. If she does not win her massive majority, then it is going to be ‘off with her head’ in record time, while another ‘Iron Lady’, perhaps the Telegraph’s favourite, Amber Rudd, is forced into the breach. If only it were so simple. In fact, the crisis of capitalism is now so grave and the UK ruling class so weak that it has begun to make historic mistakes from which there will be no recovery.

    Its first great mistake was to allow the Bullingdon gang, led by Cameron and Osborne, to call last June’s referendum. They were convinced that they would win easily since all the established parties and all of the big trade unions and the TUC were with them. The entire ruling class and its establishment were in fact rejected by the working class with a 17m plus vote.

    What they learnt from this ‘surprise and shock’ rejection was absolutely nothing, since one year later they embarked on another sure thing, with their snap election to turn May into an Empress-dictator.
    The desperate crisis of British capitalism has unnerved the UK ruling class and turned it into adventurers, who have lost ‘their right to rule’ and deserve to be dispatched into the dustbin of history to join the feudal order as a backward social formation.

    Their gamble with the future of capitalism is now backfiring on a massive scale with the minimum damage being that May does not get her majority and is fired, leading to another crisis election.
    If a minority Labour government emerges on June 9, it will rapidly become a majority as workers seek to give Corbyn the majority that he needs in another election.

    If Labour wins, then the ruling class will seek to bring it down from day one …

    However, the ruling class has not been the only major casualty. Labour’s right wing has also been very badly holed. It was banking on a massive defeat and humiliation of Labour and Corbyn so that they could mount a coup to remove him before forming a bloc with the Liberals.

    This right wing is hated by workers. Hustings meetings all over the country have been dominated by workers taking to task right wingers seeking to return as Labour MPs for their attempts to sabotage the Corbyn leadership and their determination to see Labour losing the election.
    On June 9, these right-wing MPs will have to face their angry constituents and there is no doubt that in due time they will be deselected as the workers fire them and bring in socialists who they trust.


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