The Highest Level of Special

The 45th President’s state visit to the United Kingdom may have been controversial to many but it was convenient to some. Mixed in with the usual bizarre behaviour and the inevitable pomp and circumstance, the true agenda was never far from the surface.

Together Against Trump (UK State Visit)

Trump’s visit has conicided with a time of unique chaos and uncertainty in the UK. The Tory Party (and therefore the government) is still tearing itself apart, essentially leaderless and directionless. Parliament is fragmented, unable to find a way through the minefield that Brexit has become, new political parties rise and fall before our eyes, but at the very centre of every discussion, every debate and every argument lies one thing that Donald Trump likes to portray as his own. The art of the deal.

Together Against Trump (UK State Visit)

For a nation with an uncertain future, still on the brink of crashing out of the EU without a deal these are dangerous times and the delagation from America didn’t hold back in making their position clear, everything (and they meant everything) will be on the table.

Together Against Trump (UK State Visit)

The US-UK ‘special relationship’ has had some notable lows over the decades and some would dispute it’s even a relationship at all, so despite the backpedaling, many remain concerned about the obvious power imbalance in this situation. All the rhetoric about barmy Brussels bureaucrats aside, many British people have concerns about the impact of an American model on British society. American attitudes to food standards, animal welfare, climate change, gun control, women’s rights, human rights, race, religion, and of course health (to name a few) differ in many ways.

Together Against Trump (UK State Visit)

Concerns that the NHS is under threat have been exacerbated by recent events. Often seen as symbolic of what is great about Britain, the health service has long been eyed up by its openents as a potential gold mine and the austerity driven Conservative administrations of Cameron and May have frequently alluded to this. Few have summed it up better than John Major, one of their own, when he said in 2016 that “the NHS is about as safe with them as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python.

Together Against Trump (UK State Visit)

The future of the UK could be potentially very different from way that most people expected it look post Brexit. The proponents of the no deal scenario tell us the future is bright and there are many great deals to be had in this brave new world and Donald Trump seems to agree


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70 Days: How Did We Get Here?

The nature of politics and protest in the UK has changed beyond all recognition in recent years.

The sweeping austerity measures presided over by David Cameron altered the face of the country and some might argue reinvigorated the left. Protests against the state of the nation became more commonplace and Cameron’s entitled background became a favourite target of his critics. As divisive as his time in office may have been, Cameron’s legacy is an even more deeply divided nation.

David Cameron (Allegedly)

In 2016 David Cameron lost the EU Referendum. A few hours later he resigned as PM, a few months later he stood down as an MP. It has since been revealed that Cameron refused to allow the Civil Service to plan for Brexit. The political and social turmoil he left in his wake will take years to resolve and it seems the future looks uncertain to all sides of the debate.

No More Excuses

London has seen some of the largest political demonstrations in decades on its streets in the last couple of years. The surprise election and popularity of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party has enlivened the protest movement, but this seems to be only a part of the picture.

London Remains

Globally other groups, movements and ideologies are on the rise, but in the UK the homegrown Windrush Scandal and Theresa May’s previously stated aim to create a “hostile environment for illegal immigrants” has takenit’s toll on British society. The far right seems to be ascendent and Tommy Robinson is openly working with UKIP following his most recent prison spell.

Don't Let the Racists Divide Us

The summer of 2017 was particularly chaotic. Following her leadership victory, Theresa May called a suprise general election losing her majority and forcing her to make a controversial deal with the DUP. Less than a week later the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower killed 72 men, women and children highlighting the cracks in British society running through the faultlines of race and class for all to see.

Grenfell

There were demonstrations on the streets almost every weekend. The tragedy of Grenfell brought the community together but the role of government and industry was seen by many as wanton. On a visit to a relief centre the Prime Minister had to be protected from angry residents who shouted “coward,” “murderer” and “shame on you,” as she was ushered quickly into her waiting car.

Cosiderate Constructors Secure Everyone's Safety

The following summer Donald Trump visited the UK for the first time as president. He was met with protest wherever he went, a 20ft tall balloon depicting him as a baby wearing a nappy and carrying a mobile phone hung over Parliament Square and thousands marched against him.

Trump Stinks

The carnival atmosphere came with a serious message. People across the UK remain deeply concerned about the Trump administration and wanted the message to heard around the world.

Yes We Care

Despite this, many people still feel vulnerable. Race, immigration, poverty, cuts to benefits and public services continue to be amongst the most important issues of the day. consensus politics is distant memory.

We Need Nationalism

With just 70 days to go Theresa May is barely hanging on to her job, the Tory Party is riven, the government in crisis and the country on the brink of crashing out of the EU with no deal. Few people seem to have a clear idea of where we are headed and many will be asking if any of this was actually worth it or if we have made a terrible mistake.

Is it Worth it?


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