At least Trump would stop a Hamas hate mob marching the streets: As Sadiq Khan threatens to boycott his state visit, RICHARD LITTLEJOHN says it’s a pity the London Mayor isn’t so fussy over the company he keeps
By Richard Littlejohn for the Daily Mail, 9 June 2017 (thanks to Inexion)
What especially infuriates Trump’s many sworn enemies and high-minded critics is that most of the time he’s absolutely right.
In the wake of Saturday’s terror attack at London Bridge, Trump tweeted: ‘At least seven dead and 48 wounded . . . and Mayor of London says there’s no reason to be alarmed.’ Cue bien-pensant outrage and a hissy fit from the mayor himself, Sadiq Khan, demanding that Trump’s proposed state visit to Britain should be cancelled, on the grounds that the President had insulted all Londoners.
No he hadn’t. He’d insulted Sadiq Khan, which is not the same thing at all. Those of you who read my column on Monday will be aware that I said almost exactly the same thing about Khan. Perhaps the mayor will retaliate by banning me from paying another state visit to Smith & Wollensky, the magnificent American steakhouse off the Strand.
For anyone who missed it, I monstered Khan for claiming that: ‘London is the safest city in the world, even while the body count was rising. With complacency like that, what chance have we got?’
Trump wasn’t insulting London, he was quite rightly criticising the typical knee-jerk ‘nothing to see here’ reaction of politicians unwilling to confront the clear and present danger we face from the nihilistic Islamist death cult in our midst.
No reason to be alarmed? This was the second murderous terrorist attack in London in a matter of weeks, coming as it did in the wake of the Manchester massacre.
No reason to be alarmed? Then why are the barricades going up all over London and the streets flooded with armed policemen?
If there was any insulting going on, it was Saddo Khan insulting our intelligence.
Saddo Khan has announced that if the President’s visit goes ahead, he will boycott the official state banquet. PatheticAfter mouthing the usual platitudes and pieties, it was back to parochial political business as usual for the mayor, who attempted to shift responsibility for the London Bridge atrocity on to ‘Tory cuts’ to police budgets.
Trump’s tweet gave the mayor another convenient excuse to change the subject, to summon up a wave of faux fury against one of the Left’s favourite bogeymen.
‘You’re not welcome in my city, Mr President,’ parroted one ‘respected’ commentator yesterday, repeating the fiction that Trump had insulted all Londoners. This from a former Moscow stooge who was an active Communist throughout the time the Soviet Union had hundreds of nuclear missiles pointed at Britain and was equally scathing about Ronald Reagan, the President who won the Cold War.
Like it or not, Trump is the democratically elected leader of our closest ally. As Randy Newman sang about another controversial U.S. politician: ‘He may be a fool, but he’s our fool.’
We are going to need him — and not just to prop up the Nato alliance at a time when Islamist nutjobs have declared war on the West.
Unlike some of our so-called international ‘partners’, Trump is an Anglophile who has said that Britain will receive favourable treatment when it comes to trade post-Brexit. That should be music to the ears of the mayor, who says he wants to protect London’s economy when we leave the EU. American investment is vital to ensure that happens.