More than half a million people here in Britain have already signed a petition to “Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.” My Facebook feed is filled with requests for me to sign, but I’m not doing it. I refuse.
You know how in the USA, our Department for Homeland Security has never actually stopped a terrorist plot at an airport, and everyone knows it’s really just “security theatre,” but it’s done anyway just to keep up the pretence that someone is doing something? That’s what this petition is. It’s the kind of thing you do when you find it easier to focus on an external villain rather than confront your own.
What’s the point of signing a petition barring Trump from the UK if you keep electing leaders who want him to come, who share many of his “ideals” and won’t stand up to him about the ones they disagree with?
It’s not Donald Trump’s fault that Theresa May, having abandoned Europe, is desperate to cut a trade deal with America and is willing to sell her soul and suffer any number of Trump-inspired indignities to get one.
The spectacle of Ms May, a sitting British Prime Minister scurrying over to Washington to sycophantically pay homage to a scurrilous beast such as Donald Trump has been deeply embarrassing to this proud nation.
I want more of that, not less, so I’m not signing the petition.
Without an amplification of that embarrassment, nothing is going to change. Labour doesn’t want to rock the boat – they’re now officially just as anti-Europe as the Tories. They’ve helped make this bed where Britain needs Trump as an alternative to the EU, and they should have to lie in it alongside the Tories. We all should have to witness it, not avoid it.
I want there to be a grand Trump state visit, full of pomp and pageantry and I hope with all my heart that it will be a total horror show, filled with non-stop instances of extreme political mortification that bring great shame upon Britain’s leaders, left and right.
I want to witness the strained smiles from Ms May and her pals as they make apologies for Trump’s behaviour and his policies, and make up more excuses about why they can’t or won’t properly denounce him.
I want Ms May and her cronies to see just what it is they have gotten themselves and their country into, and I want British voters to despise them for it.
I want to see Donald Trump swinging from the chandeliers of Buckingham Palace like a chimpanzee.
Maybe then the British people will be shaken out of the stupor that has set into this country since the Brexit vote and we’ll have a chance to get the Tories out of office, or at least invigorate Labour into being an actual opposition party.
So I’m not signing the petition. I don’t want to let the UK’s politicians off the hook, and I don’t want to let the voters of this country to let themselves off the hook.
I want this state visit, so no one can just look away and pretend that there is no deal with the devil being made.
The UK has chosen Trump over Europe and we all need to see what that really means and experience how it makes us feel when we see it.