The Speaker of the House of Commons is usually a pretty ceremonial job with little real impact. However in this case John Bercow has taken it upon himself to grandstand in an effort to embarrass the President of the United States.
Mr. Bercow said that he just couldn’t invite Mr. Trump to speak at Parliament in light of the “travel ban.” He explained however that he didn’t like Mr. Trump in the first place.
Mr. Bercow appears, with just a cursory review of his political career, to be of the privileged class and a certain, “polite company” type of politician. He has seen a few recent scandals too.
Nigel Farage had this to say about Mr. Bercow, “This man represents all that is wrong with British politics today. He was embroiled in the expenses saga and he presides over a Parliament that virtually does nothing.”
Saying these things, it’s Britain’s House, not ours. And the “travel ban” certainly deserves some criticism. However the tut tutting by the establishment pols on both sides of the Atlantic is a bit much.
You might find Mr. Trump to be a bore. Your friends might like your public slight of the “ugly American.” But like it or not Mr. Trump is the President of the United States and he’s no more nuts than Bush or Obama. The truth is some MPs are afraid that Mr. Trump will call them out publicly and they’d like to avoid that. They’ll call it moral indignation, but really it’s more likely fear.
(From The Independent)
Theresa May invited Mr Trump to make a state visit to the UK on her recent trip to the United States. She said he would fly to Britain before the end of the year.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and others have said that the visit should be cancelled until Mr Trump rescinds his “Muslim ban” on travellers from some countries.
Whether the controversial president would address Parliament has been a particular source of contention. Foreign leaders on state visits sometimes address Westminster Hall, which lies in the House of Commons, or Royal Gallery in the House of Lords.