Do you think President Trump should be honoured by a State Visit?

Hi all,

There’s a petition which you might like to consider here, suggesting that President Trump should not be invited for a State Visit (as Mrs May has provisionally agreed). It’s nuanced in that it accepts that as head of Government it’s reasonable for him to come for discussions, during which one hopes he will hear alternative views, but that in view of his behaviour it’s inappropriate to single him out for the honour of a State Visit with all the pomp and ceremony given to special guests. If you’d like to sign it, it’s here:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/171928

The petition has gained 400,000 signatures (0.5% of the entire British population) in less than a day.

The problem with the travel ban in particular is that it’s absurdly discriminatory and arbitrary – for example, it will prevent athlete Sir Mo Farah, a senior Conservative MP and a number of similarly harmless people from crossing the US border, even if they were already in transit. The feeble initial British Government response, that it was a matter for the US, now seems to be being belatedly adjusted, with a request that Brits might be exempted.

It’s still a bit early to be sure how Trump will turn out, but it’s rather possible that he will prove to be a disaster, and whatever our politics it’s sensible for Britain not to rush to embrace him too enthusiastically.

Best wishes

Nick

PS A number of you have asked me to post regular updates on my county election campaign. As that’s mainly of interest to friends and to people in or with relatives in Eastwood and might bore everyone else, I won’t be writing much about it on the general email list, but if you get Twitter and are interested, you can follow me at @NickforEastwood.

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2 Responses to Do you think President Trump should be honoured by a State Visit?

  1. Mike says:

    I hope you & your family are well. Unless I’m mistaken, you’re no longer a candidate for the upcoming county council elections. If you would like to take part in local affairs, there’s always HS2.

    You were an excellent MP for Toton in that you helped local residents with the two issues that mattered at the sidings: the rail crushing works of 2006 & the tree-felling of 2010. And thanks for being concerned for Toton residents in the face of HS2. You’re still the only politician to have done so.

    I posted a couple of comments on HS2 Toton on this blog back in the day and had some crazy notion of us working together after your re-election in 2015. But it was not to be.

    • Nick Palmer says:

      Thanks, Mike! As you’ll see from my latest post, there may be further opportunities to work together! And I remain sceptical about HS2…

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