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 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.
  • joshuafalken

    Mike “Mish” Shedlock has stated many times, the first nation that truly embraces free trade will be a winner regardless of what any other nation does.

    https://mishtalk.com/2017/03/29/bad-brexit-deal-better-than-no-deal-mathematical-idiocy-odds-of-no-deal/

    Mish concludes that WTO rules should not be dreaded, and there are clear economic benefits to the UK of embracing free trade, irrespective of how negotiations with the EU turn out. No deal really is better than the status quo and Mr. Tusk and his colleagues would do well to remember that during the next two years.

    The Telegraph’s Edgar Miller makes perfect sense in his “Don’t worry about Brexit negotiations, no deal is better than what we have now with the EU” piece http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/29/dont-worry-brexit-negotiations-no-deal-better-have-now-eu/

    Europeans are finally working out that Brussels has benefited Germany at nearly every other members expense (see https://econimica.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/euro-saved-germany-slaughtered-pigs.html) and reform that would never have come without Brexit has been provoked.

    England and Wales will eventually be thanked by non-German Europeans for saving them from debt penury and unelected, unaccountantable, central control tyranny (see https://capx.co/the-eu-must-change-or-fall-apart/).

    Do not blink or back down Mr. Redwood, as we are helping all Europeans

  • Speedy

    Our political class are mostly self-serving parasites (there are some exceptions). Who will drain our swamp?

  • Mojo

    I had this ghastly little man in mind when I wrote my piece. However, moderation is so very strict now. There are so many things we cannot say or discuss for fear of it being classed as a hate crime. But we could probably name a good dozen civil servants and MPs who need to be investigated. I am still shocked that Tony Blair and his crew have not been charged with war crimes. It sometimes makes me think the socialists have driven so deep into our psyche that everyone is too scared to stand up for what is right.

  • ratcatcher11

    If May doesn’t want to trigger Brexit in the full light of day, do what Brown did to sign the Lisbon Treaty, crept in during the night. Pathetic loser.

  • ratcatcher11

    Do you think people like Vaz and his friends care about anyone except their own filthy low lives?

  • ratcatcher11

    What would you expect from a bunch of sychophantic, look at me, self aggrandised politicians wallowing in their allowances and doing their utmost to destroy the UK’s alliances before we have left the EU. They care more about the failing fascist superstate on our doorstep than the democracy that is our traditional friend. These low lives that infest Westminster are part of the crowd that will be thrown out into the cold in a few years time and they had better remember that all they have comes from us, the People, and what so ever we giveth, can be taken away. Just watch your step because we are watching you in your little bubbles.

  • Jenny Wren

    Fawn to USA…tick. mention Thatcher…..tick. Make early attempt to lay blame for Brexit failure somewhere else….tick.

  • noix

    Agreed. The left is making it’s usual mistake of underestimating the opposition. Trump, needing to persuade his electorate, fooled the MSM into reprinting a summary of all the worst terrorist incidents merely by complaining on Twitter that they didn’t report them. They seem to have realised now and taken down the articles.

  • Mojo

    This article shows up the poor quality of our MPs. Not one of them seems to worry about our country and its future. The Prime Minister shows her lack of good grace and manners in hiding behind silence. Just by showing her respect for a democratically elected President who has supported us, would silence the House of Commons and would have sent such a strong message of support to the American people who voted for him. I think this shows that Theresa May, like most of our Westminster bubble still do not understand the mood of the majority. They are stuck in headlights and do not have the statesmanship or the vision to see the way the World is turning. Unfortunately, this must be the result of 40yrs of being controlled by an unelected bureaucracy. It also shows itself in the mindless, unintelligent marches and protests that are carried out in University cities and towns throughout this country.

  • Shadow Warrior

    I could not agree more. Trump represents the single biggest threat to the remainers’ plans to derail Brexit, and they have gone all out to try and destabilise him or at least make him withdraw the hand of friendship. It speaks volume’s for Trump’s good character and decency that he extended that hand even though Prime Minister May and Foreign Secretary Johnson were both openly rude and disparaging to Trump in the run-up to the presidential election.

    Prime Minister May’s curious silence on the matter after she quickly backtracked when the BBC wet the bed over her warm meeting with Trump while she was still in mid-Atlantic speaks volumes for her own motivation regarding Brexit, which I and many others consider lacking in conviction at best.

  • Lamia

    Spot on. It is as if our political and media establishment is trying to sabotage our non-EU economic prospects, in the hope that the masses will give in and agree to Remain. If so, they are badly – and possibly fatally, if they carry on like this – mistaken.

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