How not to do a trade deal with the USA

Donald Trump baby balloon, to be flown during his visit to London this month

Britain is on the brink of Brexit. In fact, this weekend, its ministers are at an important meeting to decide on a proposal to put to Europe. After that, it will be a question of negotiating trade deals with its worldwide allies. This should not be a problem, as in general, Britain has a lot of friends. But, that may be about to change, and it may not end well for Britain.

Because, these days, the world has gone mad.

Sometimes I think that maybe I am just getting too old to understand it all. But this latest insult to the President of the United States is the worst thing I have seen yet.

The Independent?reports from London: Quote:

A gigantic balloon, branded ?Trump baby?, which depicts Donald Trump as an angry Tango-coloured baby has been given the green light to fly near parliament during the US president?s controversial visit to the UK next week.

Permission has been granted for the 20ft (6m) high inflatable to rise above Parliament Square Gardens for two hours on the morning of Friday 13 July to protesters by the Greater London Authority. End quote.

Donald Trump is the President of the United States. He was elected democratically, and his approval rating at home is about 45%. What exactly is the Greater London Authority thinking? Quote:

Mr Trump is?expected to arrive in the capital?the evening before the planned stunt and is likely to visit Blenheim Palace, meet the Queen at Windsor, hold talks with prime minister Theresa May at Chequers?and travel to his golf courses in Scotland during the trip.

London mayor?Sadiq Khan?and the American leader have engaged in a long-running war of words over issues like crime and terrorism. End quote.

So the way to persuade the President of the United States that your attitude towards crime and terrorism is the correct one is to… fly a large, orange coloured balloon of him wearing a nappy in the skies of London? Yeah. That’ll do it. Quote:

Activist Leo Murray said: ?We didn?t get off to the best start with the mayor?s office over this, who originally told us that they didn?t recognise Trump baby as legitimate protest.

?But, following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humour. Trump baby will fly.?

Fellow activist Nona Hurkmans said: ?We are just a small group of friends who set out to use humour to take a stand against the rise of racist and fascist politics both here in the UK and over in the US. End quote.

There you have it. A ‘small group of friends’ have gathered together to treat the President to a level of insult previously unprecedented on a state visit. Rediscovering its sense of humour? Believe me, this is not funny.

Britain, in spite of the whining of millennials who didn’t bother to vote, is still going through with the painful Brexit process, and they will need all the help they can get. They need to forge new defence strategies, new trade deals, and they need to shore up their alliances for whatever the next few years will bring. America has always been a great friend to Britain. Do you think insulting its President is a good way? to guarantee this support? Somehow, I don’t think this is the way to do it.

Remember Jacinda calling Donald Trump ‘not quite as orange as I had expected’? Remind me how that worked out when we wanted a special exemption from steel tariffs from the US? That’s right. It didn’t.

This ‘small group of friends’ is going to cause a lot of trouble for Britain -? trouble it does not need right now. Mayor Sadiq Khan really does need to be sacked immediately, for even thinking for one second that this is a good idea. He expects respect in his role as Mayor, and he should give equal respect to those in similar positions. Apart from everything else, it is just a question of good manners. This is bad manners in the extreme.

Have they all missed the fact that Trump has called a trade war with China? It would be so easy for him to trade with Europe and leave Britain out in the cold. Everyone knows he can be very thin skinned at times. This is an insult of extraordinary proportions which will have grave consequences for Britain. I cannot believe anyone is seriously thinking about doing this.