Some Passionate Words from a Leader who has almost No Chance of Winning in a Britain turning to far-right Trumpism

Fear and Loathing over a Trump movement that is sweeping a number of Western Democracies, including Canada

“The far right … has no answers for the young people, growing up worried about their future.” – British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn, at a public rally in London, England this June 4th, protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to England

“He (Jeremy Corbyn) wanted to meet today or tomorrow. … I’ve decided not to meet with him.” President Donald Trump during a brief preference conference he and outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May hosted this June 4th

A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted June 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Britain’s Boris Johnson and America’s Donald Trump – Two soulmates in the alt-right, nationalist movement.

As I dared to turn the cable news back on this June 4th, to live coverage of U.S. President Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain, it seems more evident than ever – despite anti-Trump protests in the streets of London – that the far-right, populist forces of Trumpism are winning the day in Britain.

Pro-Brexit extremists like Boris Johnson, who Trump has already met during his visit, are on the verge of taking power in country and the Labour Party’s opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who Trump said he won’t meet with, appears to have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning any upcoming election.

(A Brief Update Here – Hours after this commentary was first posted this June 4th, there was news that Boris Johnson actually turned down an opportunity to meet face to face with Donald Trump, claiming that he had a Conservative leadership campaign to prepare for. The two talked on the phone for about 20 minutes instead. Hmm.)

Britain is proving to be fertile ground for Trumpism. With Tory’s Andrew Scheer possibly going to this fall’s federal elections, Canada may be next.That’s good for Trump and his corporate supporters because, reportedly, U.S. health insurance, pharmaceutical companies and others, are waiting for an opportunity for America to open up trade negotiations with the likes of Johnson as British prime minister, and see public health care and other programs and services that block their way to doing open, free-market business in Britain dismantled.

Ordinary British citizens will suffer from the cutting and gutting of these programs, but they will be allowed to happen and the likes of Johnson will continue doing what they do best – play divide and rule with people and blame it on others, including all those darker skinned immigrants who have been allowed in by the softie liberals and socialists.

Think it won’t happen. It already has in the United States, in a growing number of countries in Europe and soon in Canada, where the incompetence and lack of courage of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals to follow through on a progressive agenda for the future will likely lead to Andrew Scheer and his Trump-like Tories winning the federal election this coming fall.

In the meantime, here is an excerpt from the address  British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn delivered to people demonstrating in the streets of London this June 4th

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn

“I want to live in a world that survives. I want to live in a world that thrives. You do that by respecting the natural world. You do that by respecting each other. We do that by recognizing that we can learn from each other’s history.

“So I say to our (American) visitors who have arrived this week. Think on, please, about a world that is one of peace and disarmament, is one that recognizes the values of all people, is a world that defeats racism, misogyny, and defeats the religious hatreds that have been the fuel of the far right in Britain, in Europe and in the United States.  … They have no answers for the young people, growing up worried about their future.”

To watch a clip of Jeremy Corbyn delivering his address to the rally, click on the screen below –

At a press conference in London this June 4th, U.S. President Donald Trump had this to say when a reporter asked him if he would accord Jeremy Corbyn the same opportunity he accorded Boris Johnson and others from his camp, and meet with him –

“I don’t know Jeremy Corbyn,” said Trump.” He wanted to meet today or tomorrow and I decided not to do that. He’s somewhat of a negative force. People should look to do things decisively and not just criticise. I’ve decided not to meet him.”

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One response to “Some Passionate Words from a Leader who has almost No Chance of Winning in a Britain turning to far-right Trumpism

  1. Great.
    Just what the world needs – Trump, Sneer and Boris…a triumvirate of clowns that will be a resurrection of the Reagan, Mulroney and Thatcher trio that initiated the downfall of the average working person’s opportunities and the escalating gap between rich and poor.
    Look at the stats. Do you think that surreptitious foreign interference isn’t active in Canada this very day? Think again. Go on social media and it’s obvious. Even local papers are full of weekly letters declaring anyone with a university education is an indoctrinated “liberal” and has no ability to think for themselves while ignoring the reality of their own indoctrination.

    Do you think we can’t lose out health care and environmental protections for the benefit of private insurance and huge multinational corporations? Who gains from that, the average person? Certainly not. What about the abrogation of personal freedoms like “pro choice”? There is a malignancy being spread world wide. No doubt the nasty election rhetoric will begin here at home any day now. Sadly, many will swallow the bait.

    BREXIT was another prime example of rampant tribalism, xenophobia and fear mongering spread with false information on social media. Unfortunately, with the internet, questionable sources of information abound and, as is human nature, we seek that which already reinforces our preconceived ideas. There were claims that millions of pounds were going to the EU and being taken away from the NHS. False. There were tons of phony claims, AKA "fake news". Britain was going to be great again. Ring a bell? That ship sailed with the armada. Foreigners would take the jobs. I was in the UK to witness the smear campaign during BREXIT. Now they are having buyer’s remorse as is the US with Trumplethinskin.

    The UK will now have trade barriers that mean the average person will have less money in their pockets and fewer buyers for their own products. This will affect the average person most, just like the current tariff wars. Ironically, the chickens often vote for Colonel Saunders. Ontario faces hospital and education cuts and archaic curricula but we get a “Buck a Beer”. Whoopee!
    Lovely folks like Steve Bannon are travelling the world agitating the populace with hate and fear reminiscent of 1939. We need to be very afraid because we are not immune.

    I hate the terms “left” and “right”, “Liberal” and “Conservative” particularly since, unless extreme, we all have common goals and hopes. Why can’t we have opinions without labels?

    Those are wedges to pit us against each other. Divide and conquer as the old Roman adage states. I remember when Canadians were Canadians, Americans were Americans, Brits were Brits and we actually got along. We need to remember we are all in this together and cannot let politics, religion, race, nationality and beliefs tear us asunder to the detriment of all.

    There is no longer conversation with anyone of a different opinion. Trump won't talk to anyone with an opinion different from his own. He only wants fawning sycophants.

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