Britain’s epic vanity: do we really think Trump cares that much about coming here?

Boris Johnson is absolutely right to say that his successor as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has behaved like a ‘puffed up pompous popinjay’ about Donald Trump’s cancelled visit to Britain. And they aren’t the only ones. The whole ‘Trump visit’ story has become an embarrassing mass exercise in British grandstanding.

In fact, if you want a perfect example of British delusional thinking look not at Brexit, look instead at the way we have handled the prospect President Donald J Trump’s arrival on our shores. Nothing better illustrates our sense of self-importance, our priggishness, and our ability to convince ourselves of rubbish if it makes us feel good.

  • Thomas Henderson

    Freddy Gray, the author, nailed it. The Brits are too pompous for their own good.

    The UK needs the US. The UK is incidental to the US.

    The so-called special relationship is an illusion. The illusion only works if the UK treats the US very special. Not doing so, they will likely learn the lesson the hard way.

    • The Brits have swilled too much PC cool-aide.

      Once leader of the world. Now a simple participant of Western European collective suicide at the hands of diversity enriching Muslims.

    • Many have a knee-jerk anti-America virtue signaling response just as a great many Canadians do.

      • Thomas Henderson

        MacLean’s Magazine headline recently read, “Canada braces for Trump visit in 2018”, even though the US President is coming for the G7 summit. Apparently he will be kept from the public as much as possible.

        Heaven forbid, the president might be set among the crowd and prove the narrative wrong.

        Telling that MacLean’s uses the word “braces”. How astute.

        Cultivating friendly relations with our largest trading partner is vital. Only shows how blind our smug Laurentian elite is to domestic interests and realpolitik.

    • Millie_Woods

      The British are slow learners and quick forgetters. Whatever ‘special relationship’ they had with Americans, it didn’t survive Ingsoc.

  • Spatchcocked

    For the life of me I can’t understand this Yank dislike. A truly exceptional country with exceptional people. Where would the world be without them.

    • UCSPanther

      I think the European elite are suicidal and want to die off, and they hate anyone who is willing to stand against their madness. That includes the US.

      • Mark Matis

        The European elite, like the rest of the Western elite, are besotted with One World Government at the behest of their Davos and Bilderberg owners, and therefor cannot stand any Western leader who believes in national independence and sovereignty.

    • J. C.

      I read a novel a few years back by Aussie writer Matthew Reilly (one of the Jack West Jr. series) in which one of the characters described Europe’s dislike of the ‘New World’ as basically jealousy for the fact that a bunch ‘good-for-nothings’ sailed off to an new and undeveloped land and, in a relatively short period of time, became more wealthy and powerful than their ‘betters’.

      The book might have been fiction, but I think there’s a lot of truth in that assessment…

  • David_Martin

    The UK is largely irrelevant. They have lost much of their global influence. Other than a few old stock Anglo Saxons and politicians, nobody really gives a rat’s ass what goes on in the UK.

    • Clausewitz

      The UK became irrelevant the day they voted out Winston Churchill as PM at the end of WWII. That was their shift to socialism for a few pieces of silver courtesy of the Labour party who bankrupted the UK.

  • tom_billesley

    Sadiq Khan heckled by Brexit and Trump supporters as he warns of ‘depressing’ regression in gender equality

    • bargogx1

      Brilliant, they basically told him to stay in his lane and run the city instead of running his mouth about things above his pay grade. Good advice for mayors in general.

  • It’s leftist arrogance at its peak.

    Trump should visit Hungary or some smaller nation instead and make a rather large deal of it.

    • Mark Matis

      Hungary, Poland, or Austria. All three of those countries have leaders who believe they should remain independent sovereign nations, and who value Western culture and think that it is worth saving.

      • They should leave the EU.

        • Mark Matis

          If the EU doesn’t founder first.

          Oh Lord, hear my prayer!

          • I think it will.

          • Clausewitz

            Are you Lutheran? That last statement is right out of the Lutheran Liturgy.

      • bargogx1

        And that would have the added bonus of causing a major leftist/media meltdown.

  • Dana Garcia

    Why would President Trump bother to visit a failed state? He’s busy at home.

  • deplorabledave
  • I don’t think the “epic vanity” is Britain’s, it is the Left’s, encouraged by that scheming Fifth Columnist Muslim in charge of London. Neither do I think it will make a jot of difference to any Trade Agreement. That will hinge on the respective deals offered, not on Bed & Breakfast at Buck House.

    Trump has simply, and sensibly decided that personally visiting such a den of violent savagery and mindless hatred is not worth the trouble and expense. He can arrange a Trade Agreement on the phone.

  • LKurc

    The sun set on the British Empire long ago, but apparently they never got the memo.