Friday, 27 January 2017

Theresa May goes to Washington


Theresa May has received the signal honour of being the first foreign leader to be invited to pay court to King Trump and she has delivered herself of a good speech. (Good in the sense that it rips up the idea of more liberal wars, not in the sense of being eloquent in wording or delivery.)

'The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.'

These words are very promising and are very different from what she would have said had Hillary won. What a depressing idea that now seems. Hillary, you recall, said in October that toppling Assad was 'the number one priority'.

Everything in the speech was intended to appeal to Trump and the Trump-men. 

"And whether it is the security of Israel in the Middle East or Estonia in the Baltic states, we must always stand up for our friends and allies in democratic countries that find themselves in tough neighbourhoods too."
These words were intended to encourage him to commit to Nato as firmly as he is committed to Israel. 

But it was news to me that Britain is allied to Israel. I thought we were benignly neutral in the Arab-Israeli dispute.

A small point. I'm sorry Theresa May admires the Americans for the idea that 'all are created equal'. Sigh. A very un-Tory idea, even though I know the American constitution

doesn't mean equality in the socialist sense. She missed out the word 'men', I noticed.

I used to think all men were equal in the eyes of God, but even this is a superstition, as my mentor Monsignor Gilbey used to say. He'd point out that the Blessed Virgin Mary was not equal to others. 

Men (and women, for the avoidance of doubt) are however equally important, because everyone is of immeasurable importance. Is this what the American constitution means? it sounds to me that it means something else. 

Something like: there shall be no kings or bishops or titles of honour. No hierarchy. Only how much money they have will distinguish the high from the low.

Meanwhile, the man who is tipped to be US ambassador to the EU says the euro could collapse in 18 months and a trade deal with the UK is possible in three months.

Napoleon asked of a general 'Is he lucky?' and no-one's luck compares with Theresa May's. Brexit and now Trump's victory give her - and Great Britain - astonishing freedom. And add to that Jeremy Corbyn and the disappearance of the Liberal Democrats.

I do hope though that Britain can discontinue the tradition of being an American poodle and have a more independent relationship. And concentrate on defending our island from invasion.

1 comment:

  1. "I do hope though that Britain can discontinue the tradition of being an American poodle and have a more independent relationship."

    Me, too. I'm a Anglo (Brit) phile.

    Better dust off those Sealion counter plans. Or, would it be Drake's plans?