This video from the USA says about itself:
#StopTrump: Protests Erupt Across Britain as Lawmakers Debate Canceling Trump’s State Visit
21 February 2017
Nearly 2 million Brits have signed a petition calling on President Trump’s official state visit to be canceled. On Monday, thousands of protesters gathered outside Parliament in London as British lawmakers debated whether to deny Trump a formal state visit. We speak to Asad Rehman of Friends of the Earth International. He spoke at the protest in London yesterday.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Queen’s speech: No mention of Trump‘s unwanted state visit
Thursday 22nd June 2017
DONALD TRUMP’S state visit to Britain was left out of the Queen’s Speech yesterday, leading many to hope that it has been scrapped.
The address usually mentions planned state visits, but this year’s speech only referred to welcoming King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain in July.
A state visit where one should hope there won’t be royal fist fight violence; as politicians have even talked about war between Britain and Spain about Gibraltar.
The omission comes after the White House denied reports that Mr Trump had told Theresa May that he would not make the trip if it would spark huge street protests.
Samir Dathi of the Stop Trump Coalition called postponement or possible cancellation “a stunning example of people power.”
A Number 10 spokesman said that the visit wasn’t mentioned because a date has yet to be fixed.
Thursday 22nd June 2017
posted by Morning Star in Editorial
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn’s reply to the Queen’s Speech was a masterly demolition of the Prime Minister’s threadbare document masquerading as a programme of government.
His ability to respond in jocular fashion to Tory MP Richard Benyon’s light-hearted moving of the loyal address before skewering the second-richest member in the House of Commons with commitments to return his privatised water interest to public ownership and to give new rights to his thousands of tenants revealed a confident campaigner at the top of his game.
Corbyn’s assertion that Labour constitutes not only an opposition but a government in waiting is beyond question, especially in light of growing Tory disaffection with Theresa May.
The chancellor she sacked, George Osborne, clearly has an axe to grind, but his post-election observation of May as a dead woman walking has been vindicated by her patent inability to measure up in the face of challenges raised by terrorist attacks and the Grenfell Tower inferno.
The Labour leader’s comments to Benyon echo his proposal in the House of an obligation on all landlords to guarantee their properties as fit for human habitation, which Tory MPs, one-third of whom are private landlords, voted down.
Corbyn’s demands for justice for the Grenfell survivors are strengthened by the revelation that tenants voted originally, during consultations with the arm’s length management organisation charged by Tory Kensington and Chelsea council with running their building, to have fire-retardant tiles affixed to the exterior. Their choice was subsequently overridden and cheaper tiles fitted that allowed fire to speedily consume the tower block.
Whatever conclusions are reached by the Grenfell public inquiry, survivors and tower-block tenants elsewhere know that the still uncounted victims of the inferno perished because they were poor.
Tories and their neoliberal allies in Parliament have made a virtue of building a bonfire — a sickening but accurate reference — of “excessive” regulation supposedly obstructing private-sector entrepreneurs.
They portray freezing public-sector workers’ pay and slashing police and firefighter numbers as essential to reducing the government’s spending deficit and overall national debt.
Corbyn exposed May and her colleagues, pointing out that praising emergency services personnel, including police, firefighters, ambulance crews, doctors, nurses and the whole panoply of essential NHS staff when they respond to terrorist outrages and other tragedies is hypocritical when they are treated so badly the rest of the time.
The Labour leader’s contribution was memorable for two major novelties — not simply the readiness of his backbenchers to cheer him on rather than behave as though they wished themselves elsewhere.
His savaging of the filleted Tory programme, degutted of divisive and vote-losing policies that Corbyn hammered during the election campaign, marked the first time in decades that a Labour leader has advanced a sharp alternative to neoliberalism and enjoyed full backing from the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Will it last? Will those who demeaned him, abused him and even worked with the Tories to undermine him revert to their old ways?
Not as long as the opinion polls head in the right direction and Corbyn continues to take the battle to an embattled Tory leader.
Everyone wants to be on a winning side.
May’s difficulties in cobbling together a pact with the Democratic Unionist Party lay bare her vulnerability and encourage all progressives to anticipate further exposure of Tory political bankruptcy and subsequent acceptance that Corbyn be asked to put Labour’s programme before Parliament and form a minority government.
Thursday, 22 June 2017
‘Labour a government in waiting’ – Corbyn responds to Queen’s Speech
‘MY GOVERNMENT’S priority is to secure the best possible deal as the country leaves the European Union,’ the Queen said yesterday, outlining the Tory party’s proposed programme.
The main pillars of the Tory party election manifesto which lost them the general election were not mentioned in the Queen’s Speech. The Queen’s Speech is debated for a week and put to the vote next week.
If it falls, so does the Tory government, with Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell stating yesterday morning that they are prepared and capable of forming a minority Labour government. Signalling further austerity cuts, the Queen continued: ‘My government will continue to improve the public finances, while keeping taxes low.’
On the Grenfell Tower disaster she said: ‘My government will initiate a full public inquiry into the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower to ascertain the causes, and ensure that the appropriate lessons are learnt.
‘To support victims, my government will take forward measures to introduce an independent public advocate, who will act for bereaved families after a public disaster and support them at public inquests.’
Outlining the Tories’ military strategy and the beefing up of the state, the Queen said: ‘My ministers will continue to invest in our gallant Armed Forces, meeting the NATO commitment to spend at least two per cent of national income on defence, and delivering on the Armed Forces Covenant across the United Kingdom.
‘My government will bring forward proposals to ensure that critical national infrastructure is protected to safeguard national security. A commission for countering extremism will be established to support the government in stamping out extremist ideology in all its forms, both across society and on the internet, so it is denied a safe space to spread.
‘In the light of the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, my government’s counter-terrorism strategy will be reviewed to ensure that the police and security services have all the powers they need, and that the length of custodial sentences for terrorism-related offences are sufficient to keep the population safe.
‘… My government will work to find sustainable political solutions to conflicts across the Middle East. It will work to tackle the threat of terrorism at source by continuing the United Kingdom’s leading role in international military action to destroy Daesh in Iraq and Syria.’
The removal of free school meals for school children, the ending of the triple lock on pensions, forcing pensioners to sell their homes to pay for their care after they have died and the introduction of new grammar schools were all excluded from the speech. The Queen’s Speech was then later in the afternoon debated in Parliament.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: ‘This is a government without a majority, without a mandate, without a serious legislative programme lead by a Prime Minister who has lost her political authority and is struggling even today to stitch together a deal to stay in office.
‘We will use every opportunity to vote down government policies that have failed to win public support. We will use every opportunity to win support for our programme. Labour is not merely an opposition, we are a government in waiting.’
Underlining the Tories’ plan to strengthen the powers of the state, Theresa May then addressed the House of Parliament: ‘Control Orders were increasingly being knocked down in the court. We introduced the Terrorism and Prevention Investigation measures; we have subsequently enhanced those measures.
‘We have also ensured through the Investigatory Powers Act, which we introduced when I was Home Secretary that our police and our intelligence agencies have the powers they need. What we have seen now is an increase in the scale and tempo of terrorist attacks and it is in that context that we need to look at new powers for the future.’
John McDonnell, speaking earlier, said: ‘No party won the general election and I am really disappointed that the Labour Party did not get a majority, of course I am. They are interesting times at the moment because here we have a government who never secured a majority. In addition to that, under our constitutional conventions, you go to the electorate with a manifesto, you fight an election on that; if you win the election, you then implement the manifesto.
‘What has happened here is that they have actually torn up their own manifesto, so we have now got a situation where we have a government that is formed without a majority, without a manifesto and doing deals behind the scenes which none of us have been privy to. They are trying to manage the power they have, even though they do not have the majority they thought they may have.
‘What is politics is that the opposition is then saying: One: we will put forward our own views and our own policies and seek majority support within parliament itself. And yes, we will put ourselves as an alternative government. Yes, a minority government just as the Conservatives are doing at the moment.
‘But we feel that our policies are based upon a manifesto on which we stood, which people voted for. We have a government now that has not got a majority and has ripped up the manifesto it stood on, I do not think that that is democratically legitimate.’
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