- 6 Dec 2017
My gut feeling is a lot of anti Trumpers will be on parade getting the knickers in a knot while the pro Trumpers will be at work wondering what the fuss is about. Antifa and their ilk will destroy property, spray paint stuff, get in beefs with the rozzers and generally act like arses while recording it on their iPhones. Sturgeon will pontificate like normal. Boris will use a random word that will confuse everyone. Ho hum.I'm certainly all in favour of Mr Trump making an appearance or two. It will be interesting to see who can be bothered to turn out in favour of him or against him.
I'm expecting one set to be flying 'special relationship' half and half flags while wishing we had someone like Donald in charge. I'm expecting the other set to be well and truly offended by him already, no need to work on it in the lead up to his visit(s).
I'm also expecting most of the British public to not give a toss.
The sad part is the loudest voices will be the ones who had the quietest voices when President Xi had his tour of the UK.Yeh, any protest is likely to be hi-jacked by extremists. If there was a guarantee of peaceful protest I would attend myself, because I think it's important that Mr Trump realises not everyone around the world thinks he's a matinee idol. And as for it not being our business what a democratically elected leader does or says - nonsense. It's the exact opposite. In a democracy (like the UK) we can express our feelings, within the law, about anybody or anything.
As its stands, Mr Trump is likely to be able to dismiss extreme protest for what it is. Sensible voices opposed to what he stands for will be lost. After his cosy interview with Mr Morgan he will continue to believe he's a superhero, opposed only by a 'mindless few'.
Not our place to protest a democratically elected leader of a free country, but I'm sure that sentiment will be lost on the many 16-30 year old vegan Corbynistas who turn out to protest his visit.