“He (Jeremy Corbyn) can lead a protest, I’m leading a country!” – Theresa May
I’m with her. Every week these days there seems to be some sort of petulant protest. This week at Prime Minister’s questions Comrade Corbyn decided to jump on the online petition to have Donald Trump’s state visit cancelled.
In the space of seven years Labour has gone from a serious, grown up, party of government, to a sort of Lib Dem light, becoming unashamed opportunists with no real plan for Britain. Can you imagine if we had Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour in charge right now? With the aim of maintaining access to the single market for British business, while at the same time ending free movement of people, Corbyn would go into these EU negotiations and come back with nothing but a bag of magic beans. Corbyn and his ilk would have us capitulate to the EU.
This is a moment for Labour to behave like grown ups, not jumping onto this particular band wagon, if it wants to be taken seriously. A Prime Minister must act in the long term interests of the U.K. This is exactly what Theresa May has done. It doesn’t take a high degree of intelligence to see that a quick deal or at least the potential of one, with the United States puts the U.K. in a much stronger negotiating position when article 50 is triggered in March. With that in mind Donald Trumps presidency is great timing for Britain. We don’t have to agree with him on everything. The fact is, he is the president today but he will not be tomorrow, using this to score a cheap political point is not in our national interests.
These protestors should not be taken seriously, they are a vocal minority which should not be confused with the majority. My observation of them is that (with one or two exceptions) they are an unholy alliance of the dim, the ignorant and down right unsavoury.
Just this week there was a violent protest in the United States at Berkeley college which stopped a speech from the controversial editor of Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos. Now I totally understand Milo is eminently dislikable and will not be everyones cup of tea. This is no excuse for censorship and the shutting down of free speech. These protestors represent some of the very reasons why the left keeps losing elections. Freedom of speech, freedom of thought and liberty are the very foundations of our societies and are not up for negotiation.
The day after Donald Trumps inauguration we saw the so called “Women’s march” organised protests in capitals around the world. Probably one of the most moronic campaigns I have seen in my time. If we look at the U.S. election results 40% of all American women voters went for Trump, with a majority of white women choosing Trump over Clinton. These people do not represent all women just as much as I do not represent all brown people. Playing on your identity to collectivise victimhood is probably one of the worst things to come out of the political left.
Where is the outrage at Saudi Arabia? A country where women genuinely are oppressed. Where is the outrage at Russia? A country where gays and other groups have been systematically persecuted. Where is the outrage at China? Where freedom of speech has been suppressed by the state. These people have no respect for democracy and again should not be taken seriously.