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Monday 3 June 2019

Donald Trump arrives in London today for a long overdue state visit after last year’s farcical fudge when the US President was directed to Blenheim Palace in the Oxfordshire countryside to separate him from big balloon wielding protesters. They’re expected to be out in force in Portsmouth for D-Day commemorations on Wednesday. Protest is part and parcel of democracy, pointed out Nigel Farage over the weekend (see below), but it is “utterly inappropriate” to impose those views on a commemorative service. Operation Neptune claimed the lives of almost 3,000 British servicemen, 10,000 allied troops in total. They deserve our deepest respect and admiration. Leave your trump tantrums out of it. Disgusting.

There’s a foul whiff of hypocrisy surrounding President Trump, as the media whips it itself into a frenzy following the Donald’s praise for Brexiteers Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson over the weekend.

“I like Nigel a lot. He has a lot to offer,” the Trump the Times. “He is a very smart person. They won’t bring him in. Think how well they would do if they did. They just haven’t figured that out yet.”

Theresa May will step down as Tory leader after Trump’s visit. He advised her successor to be bold on Brexit, deal or no deal.

“If they don’t get what they want, I would walk away. Yes, I would walk away. If you don’t get the deal you want, if you don’t get a fair deal, then you walk away.”

US Ambassador Woody Johnson followed his boss’s comments with promising assurances that a trade deal was on. When inevitably pressed on the NHS by Andrew Marr, Mr Johnson said, “in a trade deal all things that are tradeable are on the table,” provoking howls of despair (see below).

Labour is trying to dupe the public into thinking that the NHS manufactures all of its own hospital beds, medicines, scalpels and scrubs, rather than buying them from the private sector, which (surprise surprise) in a global economy, includes American suppliers. For Corbyn’s troops to distort an honest answer to a dishonest question to such an extent is beyond pathetic – no-one will seek to explain that freer trade with the US will mean lower cost goods and cheaper clinical supplies, directly benefitting the taxpayer. And where was the incandescence when our supposed friend, Barack Obama threatened to put us at the back of the queue during the referendum campaign.

Trump has since volleyed a delicious attack on London Mayor Sadiq Khan who yesterday joined in on the grandstanding against the leader of our greatest ally.

Trump tweeted: “@SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me…

“…Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!”

Westmonster have a write-up.

On the Tory leadership front: Boris Johnson is expected to launch his campaign today which should raise the temperature a notch and hopefully encourage some of the weaker (make that very weak) candidates to drop out. Yesterday Sam Gyimah, a target of our deselection campaign, threw his hat in the ring (see above) on a second referendum platform. How on earth does he believe that will get him anywhere. It’ll raise his profile – the primary objective the more dubious candidates – but he won’t benefit. He just looks like an idiot.

Sajid Javid unconvincingly says he’ll renegotiate the Irish Backstop. Matt Hancock, who the liberals appear to be falling behind as Jeremy Hunt’s star wains, revealed a derisory plan along similar lines to Javid’s, including renegotiating the backstop and introducing a time limit. Hancock repeatedly argues his “fresh face” credentials are reason enough to hand him the keys to Number 10, a sunset date on the backstop has been doing the rounds since the beginning of the year, a very stake proposition, and one the EU will reject.

In this context, Priti Patel’s Sun column, where she argues the blame for Theresa May’s dismal deal is shared with all members of the cabinet, which is populated by contenders such as Javid, Hancock, Michael Gove, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom and the very unradical “radical”, Rory Stewart – to be fair, Stewart only joined the cabinet last month. Patel is absolutely correct and once again aired her desire for the Conservatives to become “conservative again”. She hasn’t yet announced to her intention to run. This crowded contest is gagging for a competitor to blast away the quisling candidates.

The former development secretary’s attitude is shared with the British public at large. Westmonster have a fascinating piece on No Deal polling, only 45% fear it, not a considerable number when you consider the ferocity of scaremongering peddled by the media, not to mention many of the Conservative leadership candidates.

Trump, doesn’t stand for it, neither should our next leader.