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So we’ve had NHS, policing and immigration plans from Johnson. Stand ready for a schools spending pledge.

So Boris Johnson has pledged 10,000 new police officers, as well as a raft of tougher-sounding anti-crime policies, an Australian-style points-based immigration system (not to mention the relaxion of migration rules for scientists), and £1.8 billion for the NHS.  It isn’t hard to see where he will go next, and soon.

The remaining element of Dominic Cummings’s favourite set of policies – tax cuts for lower-paid workers – may have to wait for a publicity push, because these would need legislation, and the Government has no working majority.  Though the Prime Minister could try them on the Commons anyway, daring Labour to vote them down, as part of an Emergency Budget in October (if there is one).

What is likely to come sooner is a Government commitment to spend at least £5,000 on every secondary school pupil.  ConservativeHome understands that this announcement is written into this summer’s campaigning grid.  But we need no special briefing to work this out for ourselves in any event – and nor does anyone else.  For why peer into the crystal of Downing Street announcements when one can read the book: i.e: Johnson’s Daily Telegraph columns?

For it was in one of these, back during the Conservative leadership election, that he pledged “significantly to improve the level of per pupil funding so that thousands of schools get much more per pupil – and to protect that funding in real terms”.  The £5000 figure was briefed out separarely.  This promise was one of the two main big ticket spending items of his campaign, the other being that undertaking to raise police spending.

“It is simply not sustainable that funding per pupil should be £6800 in parts of London and £4200 in some other parts of the country,” the former Mayor of the capital wrote.  Just as the NHS spending announcement was framed by a visit to hospitals in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, expect any school spending news to be projected by a trip to schools in Leave-voting provincial England: all part of the push to squeeze the Brexit Party.

If that column is any guide, don’t be surprised to see a maths, science and IT element too – which would also be very Cummings – as well as a stress on “giving real parity of esteem to vocational training and apprenticeships”.  There is evidence that these are popular all-round, but especially among older voters.  Gavin Williamson is bound to have a supporting role, just as Priti Patel has had with the weekend’s law and order initiatives, but Johnson will lead.

Like his other spending promises, Johnson’s school pledge may not be deliverable in the event of a No Deal Brexit, and there are inevitably questions anyway about timescale anyway.  But if you want to know what more will be in his campaigning package, look no further.

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Team USA 1, Piers Morgan 0

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Technically the score was USA 2, England 1, with the American women’s team advancing to the World Cup final, but that’s a mere detail.

Today will be known in sports history as The Day Piers Was Owned.

He’d been talking smack for days before the match, with particular attention paid to American star Megan Rapinoe after she scored both goals to beat France in the quarterfinals and celebrated … lavishly:

Admittedly, she’s awfully arrogant. But they’re the best team in the world, she’s their best player, and she is, after all, American. Remember, we put an entire team of top-tier NBA hall-of-famers on the floor at the 1992 Olympics to run everyone else off the court by 30 points a game purely for sh*ts and giggles.

We don’t just beat you, we try to make you look silly. And people wonder how Trump got elected.

Anyway. “Tonight, her cocky little arms stay down,” Morgan tweeted of Rapinoe before today’s match. And they did! She sat out with an injury to the horror of American fans. Didn’t matter, though: Her replacement, Christen Press, scored the first goal of the match. Then, after England tied it, Alex Morgan — whom we’ll call “the good Morgan” — took the lead back and added an arrogant little flourish of her own to her post-goal celebration.

The Brits didn’t like the mock tea-sipping. Piers really didn’t like it.

“When we win this, I hope every one of our players feigns eating a Big Mac and large fries,” he tweeted later, leaving one to imagine what the hell that might have looked like had it actually happened. He should chill out: The fact that tea-drinking is the worst thing we can think of as a culture to mock the British makes it practically a compliment.

England appeared to tie the match at 2-2 later but their goal was disallowed after instant replay determined that the goal-scorer was offside — barely. They got another chance to tie it with seven minutes left when a player was fouled inside the box, setting up a penalty kick. But Team USA’s keeper made a brilliant save, preserving the victory.

In fairness to him, he was gracious in defeat:

I will return the graciousness by noting that our good friends in England gave a valiant effort in defeat, and that it’s with no small amount of regret that we must say, “Suck it.”

No, I’m kidding. Actually, I want to print a life-sized cardboard cutout of Alex Morgan miming the tea-drinking, set it in front of Piers’s front door, ring the bell, and run.

Here’s FIFA’s highlight reel of the match followed by Piers making his feelings about Rapinoe plain on British TV. By the way, what exactly are the politics of mocking Piers Morgan on a right-wing site for taking issue with Rapinoe’s arrogance? On the one hand, he’s one of the most notorious advocates for gun-grabbing in English-language media, a guy who used to bait righties on the topic frequently when he was hosting on CNN. On the other hand, he defends Trump regularly in his columns for the Daily Mail. And Rapinoe is a harsh critic of Trump’s, having even drawn the president’s attention recently on Twitter. (Rapinoe’s girlfriend wrote about the feud today in a piece titled, “So the President F*cking Hates My Girlfriend.”) On the other other hand, everyone feels good about Team USA putting the boots to the Brits so close to July 4th. What’s a Trump-loving, gun-loving nationalist to do with all that?

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Almost in Time for Pride Month: The London Zoo Celebrates Gay Mating, Gay Animals, & Gay Parents

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The ZSL London Zoo is letting everyone know that animals are gay.

In celebration of the notion that two penguins are gay, the zoo is giving the whole joint a “Pride makeover.”

On July 5th, in addition to its normal (18+ only) Zoo Night festivities, the London Zoo will teach attendees about gender, mating, and same-sex animal pairings.

From a press release:

On top of Zoo Nights’ packed schedule of activities, visitors will be able to learn about gender and mating in the animal kingdom at a Pride-themed talk, where they’ll discover just how common same-sex pairings are – from penguins and pandas to goats and giraffes. Visitors can check out the Zoo’s pride of lions, enjoy delicious street food from around the world, and score a hole-in-one at the Zoo’s new mini-golf course.

And if that ain’t enough, they’ve designed a special banner for Penguin Beach — home of the touted tuxedoed two:

“Get Over It,” in case you didn’t know, is the slogan for a gay anti-bullying campaign.

The zoo says Ronnie and Reggie — the fabulously homosexual penguin pair — got together in 2014.

They adopted an abandoned egg a year later, sharing parenting duties until the little chick left the nest.

According to the zoo’s website, the two birds “remain as strong as ever and are often found snuggled up in their nest box together.”

Of the 93 penguins living at the facility, the London Zoo claims Ronnie and Reggie aren’t the only ones who are gay:

The duo share their home with 91 other penguins, including fellow same sex couples Nadja and Zimmer and Dev and Martin, as well as one-year-old Rainbow who hatched during Pride celebrations last year and will celebrate her first birthday this weekend.

Who knew nature was so gay, right there in front of everybody, this whole time?

The Zoo may have a bone to pick with some people in France.

As reported by The Telegraph:

Penguins are not gay, despite new evidence of homosexual behaviour in the wild, they are just “same sex flirting” until they find a mate, according to a new study.

The homosexual behaviour of male king penguins has already been noted in zoos.

Now in a new study, scientists have found the evidence of male pairs in the wild. The research found that more than a quarter of the colony in Antarctica were in same sex partners, mostly two males.

In the past, it was claimed that penguins could not discern between the sexes because they looked alike. Male pairs in zoos in the US and Germany have hatched and reared ‘adopted’ chicks.

However, the new study by the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France found that the penguins are only pairing up with other males because they are “lonely.”

There are not enough females in the colony and the males have high levels of testosterone, which drives them to engage in mating displays – even if it is with other males.

Professor F Stephen Dobson, one of the authors of the study published in the journal Ethology, said the number of same sex pairs was actually lower than expected. When the colony was studied over time he found all the ‘gay’ penguins chose a heterosexual partner. A female pair also ‘split up’ to raise an egg with male partner.

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And enjoy information about an all-gay zoo, the superiority of gay dads, furry gay parents having furry gay kids, and hatching rocks in the video below, “Gay Penguins Make the Best Parents.”

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Dean Godson: There are plenty of ideas on the centre-right. Here’s how it can create a new, decent, patriotric consensus.

Dean Godson is Director of Policy Exchange.

Where next? For the last two years, British politics has been stuck in paralysis. There has been a lot of noise and clamour, but no side seems capable of creating consensus and winning broad support. That is not to say that this is a dull time in our national debate – a deep ideological contest is under way for the future of our country. It will reverberate long after Brexit, in whatever form, is complete.

It is often said today that all the intellectual energy is on the Left. But is this true? There are no leaders of the quality of Clement Attlee on the Labour benches. There are no economists or thinkers of the ilk of Anthony Crosland. Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we have people aspiring to power in this country who are proud to call themselves Marxists – including the Shadow Chancellor.

The problem is not that there is an absence of ideas on the centre-right. It is that they have yet to coalesce into a coherent vision of national renewal. Policy Exchange, for example, identified the plight of the “just about managing” classes in our country – the JAMs – in 2015. So many in the country would put themselves in this camp. But has enough really been done for them in the four years since? Do they think the state is on their side, or that the political class is fighting for them?

The election of a new Conservative Party leader is the moment – perhaps the last chance – to get this right. One of the greatest mistakes that the Tories could make is to play the only game that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is capable of – sectional, identity politics that sets different groups of voters against each other.

Last year, Policy Exchange organised a Conservative conference event with the title ‘Can the Conservatives win in Canterbury and in Middlesbrough at the same time?’ But you could ask the same question of Labour. As it stands, the UK risks being treated as if it exists in balkanised sub-electorates, each with niche interests and obsessions. The only way to electoral victory in this model is with temporarily cobbled together coalitions of rival groups.

Yet despite polarisation on Brexit and other issues, there is more agreement – and more consensus – among voters than often appears, and therefore more cause for optimism. This is not a jingoistic nation. Instead, there is a deep tissue of patriotism in the best sense of the word – a fidelity to constitution, citizenship and community – that has too often been dismissed out of hand. Policy Exchange’s polling on the Union revealed that a clear majority of people in the UK say their support for it has remained constant or has risen in recent years – 78 per cent in England, 60 per cent in Scotland, 69 per cent in Wales, 70 per cent in Northern Ireland.

There is also, among immigrant communities in the UK, a complete rejection of the gatekeeper politics that sees putatively “national” representative organisations claim to speak on behalf of millions without their consent, in the most damaging form of identity politics. Only 20 per cent of British Muslims, for example, saw themselves as represented by such organisations. Fifty-five per cent of British Muslims felt ‘very strongly’ that they belonged to Britain and 38 per cent ‘fairly strongly’ that they belonged to Britain; only seven per cent did not feel a strong sense of belonging to the UK.

Consensus can be found elsewhere. Our work on lawfare – the unfair hounding of British troops through the courts – has had huge cut-through with the British public, whose outcry on the issue has forced our political and legal establishment to wake up.

The same goes for housing, where our research was based on the simple proposition that the way to overcome opposition to building more homes – so-called Nimbyism – is to make sure they are designed in a way that fits the tastes of local communities and makes our country more beautiful. This is a vision with massive support.  Traditional terraces with tree-lined streets, for instance, are by far the most popular option for the design and style of new homes. They may be unfashionable among “starchitects” but they are supported by 48 per cent of the public, with some of the strongest support among working-class Ds and Es. And how many want housing developments or estates in a modern style? Just 28 per cent.  Our polling shows a clear majority favour traditional design over modern developments. In housing and more, the first job of the new Prime Minister is to come up with a coherent national narrative that restores our sense of direction as a country.

There is the chance for a new Unionism, not just making sure that the individual countries of Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland breathe comfortably within the shared home of the United Kingdom, but also that the Union itself is to an extent reconceptualised – so that we build a union between young and old and address the challenge of generational justice. A union between newer arrivals in Britain and long-established communities, so that suspicions and enmities can be overcome. A union between those whose faith means so much for them, and others for whom faith is vestigial and whose values increasingly shape the public space.  In short, we need a new social contract for post-Brexit Britain.

Social care is one concrete policy example. It is increasingly plain to those involved in the care sector that the state should cover almost all of the costs of long-term complex social care, which can involve ruinous costs for individuals and families, particularly for those suffering from dementia in old age. It can lead to the forced sales of family homes and wipe out a lifetime of saving and hard work. This idea – effectively the completion of the Welfare State – was proposed in a recent Policy Exchange research paper and embraced, perhaps surprisingly for someone on the right of the Conservative Party, by Jacob Rees-Mogg, who argued in the foreword that “It is far better to pool risk and for the taxpayer, where appropriate, to step in and help those who would face ruinous costs on their own, making social care largely free at the point of use.” He is surely right.

Where else could the next Prime Minister discover a quiet majority? On the environment, perhaps, where there are strong arguments to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 – with support especially high among the young. On investment in R & D and industry, especially in the North East, which could become a leader in the high-value, green economy. Certainly, on protecting British troops from pernicious forms of lawfare, which has high levels of support because of the obvious injustices involved. On education, too, where our polling revealed that poor pupil behaviour is driving teachers from the profession and undermining children’s education – 72 per cent of teachers know a colleague who has “left the teaching profession because of bad behaviour”. On countering extremism online, 74 per cent think that the big internet companies should be more proactive in locating and deleting extremist content, with 66 per cent of people believing that the internet should be a regulated space.

There is more thinking to be done across all policy areas – People, Prosperity, Place and Patriotism, as Policy Exchange’s work is organised – as a new Prime Minister is chosen. With that in mind, we will be publishing a series of proposals under these themes in the forthcoming weeks, which will seek to answer the question: what do we want from the next Prime Minister? We will also be hosting a series of events, including one in partnership with ConservativeHome, on electoral politics, housing, the economy, education, energy and the environment, lawfare and the rise of China. Only by hunting out areas of existing consensus will the next Prime Minister be able to start bringing the country together and healing the divides of last few years.

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World War II veterans besotted with Melania Trump, flirting ensues

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Among all the inspirational and heart-wrenching stories heard this week as we remember the events of D-Day, a couple of sweet stories caught my eye. First Lady Melania Trump connected with two World War II heroes during events in London and in Normandy. The stories are enough to make even the most stoic of observers smile.

The first story comes from the visit by President Trump and Melania Wednesday at a meet-and-greet reception after an hour-long ceremony in Portsmouth, England. 93-year-old Thomas Cuthbert was accompanied by his daughter who told reporters she warned her father to behave himself when he met Queen Elizabeth and the Trumps. She was concerned her father might “say some rather random things.”

That didn’t stop Cuthbert, a Legion of Honour recipient and resident of Elmstead Market in England, from going googly-eyed over Melania.

“Oh, she is a nice lady, isn’t she?” he remarked after shaking Melania’s hand and being thanked by President Trump. “If it wasn’t for you and if I was 20 years younger. . .”

President Trump took Cuthbert’s comments in stride and responded, “You could handle it, there’s not a question about it.” Cuthbert’s daughter specifically told her dad not to touch the Queen but, she said she thinks “he gave her a little nudge as well.”

I think for most of us, that’s a cute story. Melania Trump is a beautiful, intellligent woman who, if she were married to anyone but a Republican president, particularly Donald Trump, would be touted as a fashion icon throughout the world. The stories written about her would easily make those that were written about Jackie Kennedy pale in comparison. But, even this sweet story brought out some snark from a Trump hater writing for Elle magazine. Maybe the writer was upset because a World War II veteran said of President Trump, “he seemed one of the boys.”

The second story was of a 95-year-old American veteran at the D-Day commemoration near Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Harold Terence met Melania before the ceremony but said he “froze” when he posed for a picture with her instead of giving her a hug as he wanted to do. He even had a bet riding on that hug. During the ceremony, Terence received the Legion of Honor medal from French President Emmanuel Macron. He enjoyed being congratulated by President Trump but it was Melania who lit him up. Melania gave him a high-five after he was awarded his medal.

He briefly met Melania on stage when they shook hands and he was later filmed reaching out for a high-five as the First Lady crossed the stage to take her seat.

‘I met Melania this trip on the stage and I sort of messed up. I bet my friend a breakfast that I would get a hug from her,’ he said.

‘We shook hands and my daughter took a picture and I froze. I wanted to put my arms around her but I didn’t. I know she would have Ok’d it. I froze and I didn’t do it. We have the picture of just me and her holding hands and then getting a high five from her.’

Terence was born and raised in the Bronx and now lives in Florida. He’s no fan of President Trump (he prefers Nancy Pelosi) but he said he respects the office of the presidency.

By most accounts, America was well-represented by President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. President Trump is receiving glowing reviews for his speeches in England and particularly in France. He even stopped and hugged a 94-year-old veteran during his speech Thursday as he spoke of Russell Pickett’s service during the landing at Omaha.

At one point during his speech the President stopped midway through to hug one of the veterans Russell Pickett, 94, who was a 19-year-old private during the landings at Omaha.

‘Russell Picket is the last known survivor of the legendary company A,’ Trump told the gathered crowds. ‘Today, believe it or not, he has returned once more to these shores to be with his comrades. Private Picket, you honor us all with your presence.’

Macron helped Pickett stand before Trump came over to give him a hug and whisper in the veteran’s ear.

‘Tough guy,’ Trump said when he returned to the podium.

This week’s ceremonies may be the last for these heroes. We are losing World War II veterans every day as they reach the end of their lives. America and all of the free world should thank them as often as we can for their service to the world. It is hard for most of us to wrap our heads around the battles and events they lived through. These little stories help to provide a little levity during an emotional week.

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CNN Purposely Takes Trump Out of Context and Misrepresents His Comments About Meghan Markle

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I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. On the plus side, I’m getting a lot of use out of the above fake news t-shirt picture.

When I first saw the headline for this story, I knew there had to be more to it. Trump is a bull in a china shop, but randomly noting that Meghan Markle “is nasty” seemed a bit much.

Here’s how CNN reported it.

Describing his comments, CNN reported in its headline: “Trump tells The Sun: Meghan Markle is ‘nasty’”.

The chyron on CNN’s television segment on the matter read: “Trump Calls Meghan Markle ‘nasty’ Ahead of UK Trip”.

Conservative establishment favorite and supposed straight shooter, Jake Tapper, got in on the action as well.

Seems bad doesn’t it?

I also think I’d be remiss not to note the obvious racial insinuations being made by these headlines. They might as well have written “Trump calls bi-racial woman nasty for no reason.”

As usual, the real story turns out to be much more different than CNN makes it out to be. Here’s the full transcript.

What Trump was actually saying was that he didn’t realize that Meghan Markle had been nasty about his possible election with her pledge to leave the country for Canada. He was not calling her “nasty” as a person and he was answering within the context of a question asked of him.

This isn’t even one of those times where you have to sort of interpret what Trump meant. The transcript is clear. Anybody that speaks English can read it and see exactly what he was saying. Framing it as Trump asserting that Markle “is nasty,” as CNN did, is simply false.

Furthermore, instead of engaging with the reporter, who’s obviously trying to get a rise out of him, he goes on to praise Markle in an attempt to clear the air and move on. In its full context, this story resembles absolutely none of the impressions the headlines CNN put out are giving.

Remember this the next time Jake Tapper, Jim Acosta, or whoever at CNN gets their feelings hurt at being called fake news. These people have earned the moniker and continue to justify its use every single day. No one is making them bare their biases so regularly. It’s an active decision.

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John Cleese Fights Back After Twitter Attacks His Unwoke, Traditionalist Comments: ‘London Isn’t Really English Anymore’

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Are you a fan of the driest humor in the world? Then this story’s for you.

You are, no doubt, partial to Monty Python and free-speech-advocatin’ founder John Cleese.

Just after midnight Wednesday, the 79-year-old recalled his lament of London, originally shared during a 2011 Australian TV appearance:

“Some years ago I opined that London was not really an English city any more. Since then, virtually all my friends from abroad have confirmed my observation. So there must be some truth in it. I note also that London was the UK city that voted most strongly to remain in the EU.”

During the television spot, he also said this:

“I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walk down the King’s Road and say, ‘Where are all the English people?’
… I mean, I love having different cultures around. But when the parent culture kind of dissipates, you’re left thinking, ‘Well, what’s going on?’”

Back to his tweet, you can imagine what happened. Cue the critics, starting here with BBC Radio 4 star Ken Cheng:

A curiosity: When during John Cleese’s lifetime were “darker” people kept from roaming free in London?

Someone responded to Ken with their personal gripe, but he didn’t prefer it:

It should be noted that John’s comment concerned culture, a concept different than race or religion.

BAFTA-winning TV and radio comedy writer James Felton mocked John, calling him, in a word, “ignorant.”

Personally, I’m bummed out by the increasingly epic misuse of the word “ignorant.” It means, of course, “lacking knowledge,” yet it’s come to be employed as “whatever I disagree with.” Which means, sadly, it now has virtually no meaning.

Oh, and in case ya need it:

Dog-whistle politics is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different, or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup.”

Apparently, co-creator of British mockumentary Look Around You, Robert Popper, looked up to John Cleese until Wednesday:

European correspondent for The Independent called John a bigot:

“Bigot,” as you know, means “intolerance for an opposing view.”

John took to Twitter to respond to the attacks:

It seems to me that the conflict here is largely generational.

Another generational notion: John has, in the past, spoken out about the clamp-down on free speech — or, more specifically, political correctness — in comedy. If you can’t be offensive, can you be funny? Watch John explain in the video below.

What do you think of his statements on England?

And if you are a Monty Python fan, what’s your favorite skit or movie? I’d have to go with “Twit of the Year” (“…and Oliver has run himself over”)  and the Parrot sketch.

For three fantastic Cleese movies, I recommend the comedies A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures, and the drama — bear with me — Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

I look forward to hearing from you.

By the way, did you read my Gene Simmons article? It’s about his mom — Holocaust survivor Flora Klein — and the greatness of America. I hope you’ll check it out. And if you missed it, please take a look at Gillette Releases Its First Trans Commercial: A Proud Father Helps His Daughter Shave Her Beard.

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Stop Trump Coalition promises “maximum disruption’ during state visit

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Will the Baby Trump blimp once again fly in the sky over London? Buckingham Palace is expected to extend an invitation to President Trump for his first official state visit. The date for the visit is reported to be in early June.

Prime Minister Theresa May promised an invitation for an official state visit after President Trump was elected in 2016 but as of yet a formal visit has not happened. In the case of Great Britain, the invitation comes from Queen Elizabeth. She will be the official host. State visits are not just ceremonial. They have political purposes and are used to further national interests.

Last July President Trump was in London for a two-day working visit with Prime Minister May. During that time, mass protests were organized and the Baby Trump blimp debuted. The blimp was quite a hit with the international #Resistance crowd and it followed Trump throughout that visit, which included Scotland. Since then the blimp has appeared during President Trump’s trips to conferences around the world and in the U.S.

So here we are in 2019 and activists are promising “maximum disruption” in London.

According to BBC News, on Tuesday Buckingham Palace will announce its invitation to Trump for a formal state visit, which includes all the royal pomp, in a move set to provoke backlash from the president’s British critics.

Nick Dearden, who helped organize London’s mass protests against Trump’s two-day working visit last year, said plans are already afoot for when the president arrives, including a “big demo.”

“It’s up to us, again, to say Trump is not welcome, and to make his visit as unpleasant as possible. We’re going to aim for maximum disruption,” Dearden, of the Stop Trump Coalition, told Newsweek.

Currently, Prime Minister May finds herself in a political mess over her mostly incompetent handling of Brexit. She is out of favor with her own conservative party members as well as the opposition. May is hoping to make a lucrative post-Brexit trade deal with the United States for her government. President Trump expressed his hopes of such a deal in previous discussions with Prime Minister May.

Dearden and his Stop Trump Coalition expect to gain support for protests against Trump’s visit using the left’s favorite issue – climate change

He hopes to leverage the recent Extinction Rebellion protests against climate change, which brought tens of thousands of people onto the streets in London and across the U.K., for the movement against Trump’s state visit.

“I’d really hope his visit will become a magnet for all those who want radical climate action to be undertaken, because Trump, after all, is a symbol of climate change denial globally—one of the reasons we see him as one of the most dangerous men in the world at this time,” Dearden said

Another #Resistance group, Stand Up to Trump, issued a press release chock full of hyperbole. Promising to “flood the capital with hundreds of thousands of protesters”, he was blamed for global unrest at the hands of fascists and racists. In other words, the group used the usual charges made by leftists both here at home and abroad.

The Queen normally only receives one or two heads of state each year. A formal dinner and speeches are standard procedure.

There is usually a state banquet, and a visit to – and speeches at – the Houses of Parliament may be included. The Speaker of the House of Commons is one of three “key holders” to Westminster Hall, and as such, effectively holds a veto over who addresses Parliament.

So far, it is not known if a formal request has been made on behalf of President Trump to speak to the Houses of Parliament. Commons Speaker John Bercow has expressed his disapproval in the past of that idea.

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