February 7, 2017

Trump bashing hinders Brexit

Trump bashing hinders Brexit

Theresa May’s failure to reprimand her MPs for gratuitously insulting the President of the United States is harming our alliance at a time when we need it more than ever, says Peter Bingle.

In recent days, I have felt a growing sense of anger and embarrassment as British politicians of no obvious merit such as Heidi Allen (who?) and John Bercow (why?) have gratuitously insulted the democratically elected President of the United States.

Forgive me for pointing out an obvious but nevertheless important point. In a post Brexit world, we need to work more closely than ever with our most important ally. President Trump could not have been more supportive. And what is the response of the British political class? To insult him…

I have known John Bercow long enough to never take him seriously. Nor should anybody else. Insults from Jeremy Corbyn and his cronies were to be expected. But why hasn’t the PM and her Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson, imposed any degree of discipline on Tory MPs? Have the likes of Heidi Allen (who?) been called in by the Whips and reprimanded for her comments about President Trump? It would seem not…

This is not an issue about the detailed aspects of President Trump, his style, or even his policy agenda. It is simply that we should respect the office of President of the United States. Imagine how we would feel if American politicians commented on an hourly basis about our PM. We wouldn’t like it!

Since returning to the UK after her successful visit to the White House, the PM has shown none of the political courage of Margaret Thatcher. She has opted for the easy option and has refused to support and defend a President who extended her the hand of friendship at a critical time.

The PM and the entire political class seem to have forgotten that we need President Trump’s political and economic support in the years ahead. After the torrent of personal abuse aimed at him in recent days he must be sorely tempted to tell the PM that she can stick her State visit and trade deal up where the sun doesn’t shine. I for one wouldn’t blame him. We need to get a serious dose of reality! We no longer have an empire …

What is it about the British political class that at a time when the British public hold them in contempt they feel able to attack a politician who received a massive political endorsement from American voters? They need to get real and quickly or President Trump will show them all to be knaves and buffoons …

I have never felt so embarrassed by British politicians. When will the PM grow a backbone?

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Peter Bingle
Peter is the Founder of Terrapin Communications. With a career in politics and communications that has spanned almost four decades, he is one of the country's leading public affairs practitioners. His career has seen him advise many top companies, including McDonald’s, HSBC, L’Oreal, Permira, Motorola, Camelot, Rolls Royce & Kellogg's.
  • Nockian

    No article ? Maybe it’s spread to comment central ?

    Central banks don’t work any better than any other kind of soviet style producer. They produce too many tractors when we need more ploughs. This is because banking isn’t independent, it isn’t laissez faire capitalism that is being practised, but the soviet style economics of central planning. It is not, per se, the fault of the central banks, anymore than it was the fault of the Russian tractor factories for under/ over producing as a result of state diktat. Unfortunately we have a mixed economy, which is 50% socialistic and has been expanding for several decades-most of us now give over 60% of our earnings to government directly (it’s probably a bit more depending on inflation and inflexible tax bands).

    The answer is to get the state out of commerce, then the central banks will either survive or collapse within a laissez faire banking system, but first we must begin to accept the truth, that we cannot continue to sustain such a gargantuan welfare system and its associated government. If we want to produce more, we need to be taxed less, we must save not spend.

  • ratcatcher11

    If everyone saved and did not spend there would be a massive worldwide slump, so it is obvious there has to be spending. Making things for sale is thus important, services alone cannot sustain an economy. One of the biggest problems is Keynsian economics that are basically tax, print and spend socialist policies. We do not need the government to build a railway we need a private company to build the railway which will compete with air travel fairly, not by taxing air travel to make it it less profitable. Thus the governments air taxes should be scrapped and private companies encouraged to re open rail lines closed by Beeching. This is the development we need not government spending 90 billion of money on an HS2 line built from somewhere to nowhere and never stops to pick up passengers.

  • Debs

    Expansion of economies cannot go on forever no matter what so called monetary policy is. You dont need to be an economics expert to realise it.

    All I know is governments and banks seem to be constantly coming up with schemes to leave we the lowly tax payer with less of our money.Forget about the trumpeted tax cuts ,everything else is going up accordingly except real wages of course. Dont even mention the Green scam or the cheap labour scam.

    Bail ins and cashless society are two more scams I have seen trailed in various media outlets over the past few years. Gradually our hard earned money is being prised away from us to fritter away on who knows what.

    They wonder why Trump got elected.

  • Nockian

    The market will raise rates eventually, regardless of wether the central bank wishes it or not. The problem is that we have all become mesmerised at central bank control, when, in reality, at this stage they have little at all. They cannot raise rates to normal, because, firstly, we don’t know what normal looks like (it could already be normal) and secondly any increases will create an avalanche effect-let’s face it, no one but the wealthiest wants to bring down countries governments through a collapse in public spending leading to actual anarchy on our streets.

    The bogey man of fractional reserve is a myth that has permeated libertarian consciousness, in a free market banks would have to take risk or they would, by any definition, not be free market. Banks are not currently lending to private individuals because capital requirements are already so high-they have become zombified businesses that look like they function, but are like the shops we set up as kids with funny money and plastic fruit. The market is broken as far as banks are concerned, they are no longer part of it.

    Fixing the problem cannot begin by looking at the central bank, nor the main banks. It’s far too late to consider than anything can be done at this stage, we are so far beyond normal that we aren’t looking at a functioning banking system at all. It would be like bleeding the radiators to solve a broken boiler.

    The problem we have is at its heart a simple one. It’s the problem that labour refused to accept when the banks blew up. We have an unsustainable welfare system and an over sized government. We have to tackle our public spending first of all and I see little sign that any current, nor perspective government is prepared to give the public the awful news about the reality.

    Even the great Tory saviours have flunked out of the monetary boiler rooms. The situation is dire, there is no fuel left, we have been ripping up the ships timbers to maintain the illusion of tranquil sailing progress, but eventually the ship will sink for lack of substance. There is no monetary policy that can save us, all we are going to get is an ever growing war on cash, savers and anyone who tries to make a profit. We are going to end up in the late stages of a soviet style melt down whilst spinning mirrors to pretend it isn’t happening.

    We all know what’s going on, we can offer solutions, make sympathetic noises and talk up any temporary progress, but the reality of the situation is now apparent. We have to do what every debtor must eventually conclude; that our spending has unfortunaly exceeded our earning capacity and all those red letters mean some drastic rethinking is required. We are going to reach the end of the road, not by a sudden explosion, but the drift into monetary authoritarianism which will result in ever greater protectionism and falling living standards. We are in great danger of losing the West to the East and ending up as country cousins of a world of declining freedoms and the rise mysticism.

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