Trump’s election is shaking up British politics, too
Is there anything Donald Trump can’t do? His election is shaking up (for the better) the ruling British Conservatives, as a high-powered team (two top political editors and the chief political correspondent) at the UK Telegraph explain:
Theresa May is facing a growing Cabinet backlash over her decision to dismiss Nigel Farage despite him being the only British politician to meet with Donald Trump since his victory.
The Telegraph understands a number of members of the Cabinet and other Government ministers believe the Prime Minister's allies have made a mistake by referring to Mr Farage as an “irrelevance”.
One Cabinet source also accused Downing Street of having "made no plan" for a Trump victory, despite Government claims that officials have for months been holding talks with members of his inner-circle.
Mrs May has made clear that none of her ministers will be allowed to speak to Mr Farage, the interim Ukip leader, despite his close links to Mr Trump.
Mr Farage on Saturday spent nearly one hour with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York.
That last point has got to be intolerable for the head of the British government. The “special relationship” with the United States has taken a beating under President Obama, who notoriously returned the bust of Winston Churchill to the U.K. after evicting it from the Oval Office. It is obvious that a bust of Churchill will be returned to the Oval Office, the only question being which British person will ceremonially bring it to its proper place at the heart of the presidency. On the assumption that the queen will not be available, May has got to be worried that Nigel Farage will have a picture even more annoying (to her) than this...
...to post on his Facebook page with President Trump, Winston Churchill, and himself in the Oval Office.
Farage and Trump apparently are BFFs.
Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Farage says that he was greeted like a “long-lost friend” by Mr Trump, who he supported on the campaign trail in America.
Even worse for May and the Tories, Farage has become the link between the new president and British politics:
Mr Farage also discloses that Mr Trump’s team has raised concerns about the “unrelentingly negative” comments made about him by senior Conservatives and members of Mrs May’s Downing Street staff.
The Telegraph team is confident that May will have to back down and allow her cabinet ministers to talk with the former head of a rival party in order to get information about and perhaps information to the next president of the United States. Can Mrs. May say “out of the loop”?
With a court decision trying to obstruct Brexit, and with the Tories facing the job of actually implementing it, having Farage occupy the position of de facto ambassador to the Oval Office is a nightmare. P.M. May might actually have to obey the voters' will. According to the Telegraph, she is beginning to rethink something:
Mrs May will today say that Mr Trump’s victory shows the Government must deal with the "overlooked" communities that have been transformed irrevocably by immigration without the "permission" of British voters.
Heh, heh, heh. I don't know about you, but I love it when squishy conservatives get outfoxed by real ones.