15 June, 2018 - 08:29 By Tony Quested

Trump and right wing Tories taking a liberty

‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free; the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me – I’ll snatch their kids, bang them up and bar the door.’

OK so the last line on the Statue of Liberty legend actually reads: ‘I lift my lamp beside the golden door,’ but President Trump is none too good with lyrics so he is hardly bound to notice.

Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? Well actually, no. The scar mangled banner actually waves over a land of the persecuted and the home of the hypocrites.

It has taken the American media and public a few weeks to wake up and start challenging the latest scandal from the Trump administration.

In case you have been trialling an Elon Musk flight to Mars or have had your brains scrambled by Britain’s Brexit farce, digest this from The New York Times: “It may be hard to believe that this is happening in the United States in 2018, that hundreds of children are being snatched from their parents, frequently under false pretences, often screaming, and placed in vast warehouse-like centers like the former Walmart in Brownsville, Tex., where nearly 1,500 boys now spend their days. The parents often don’t know where their children are, or when they will see them again.”

One baby was reportedly snatched off its mother’s breast mid-feed. Tired, poor, 2018’s huddled masses of immigrants most certainly are. But the lamp beside the golden door is more likely a border patrol searchlight.

And the equally moral-free zone of the UK wants to trade with the Trump administration despite his many, well-documented, transgressions. When you’re desperate I guess almost any indignity becomes acceptable. And Britain is in a desperate mess over Brexit because of self-serving politicians putting their malignant EU-scepticism ahead of what is best for the nation.

A German trade department sent a press release last week to Business Weekly to say they had seen a sharp rise in UK companies and investors switching their money to Europe – a 33 per cent spike in recent weeks; Germany has seen around 21 per cent of that extra investment as it drains from the swamp the Government has created by its Brexit bungling.

Unless the Government starts putting the country first and climbs down over any possibility of a hard Brexit, scores of major investors and companies will be heading for mainland Europe or elsewhere; thousands of jobs will go; we will be up to our eye teeth in a needless, self-induced recession where decent families struggle to put clothes on backs and food on tables.

A number of senior right wing Tories are holding the country to ransom with their demand for the hardest of Brexits. Theresa May has lost any authority she had in the first place and should quit through a sense of decency; Boris Johnson, the Corporal Jones of this ill-equipped Home Guard, should drop his ‘Don’t Panic’ line and start his prostrate protest on the Heathrow runway; Jacob Rees Mogg, Liam Fox, David Davis and their cohorts should hang their heads in shame. No Brexit would be best. A hard Brexit wrecks it for Britain.

To end as lyrically as this blog began may we remind the Government of a few lines from this country’s national anthem:

Oh, Lord our God arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all.

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