Trump vs May vs Farage vs Dorrach
The vibrancy of the 2016 US presidential elections continues to reverberate across the planet. Elected liberals still can’t make head or tails of the results while conservatives are claiming the dawn of a new age in politics.
At stake are the billions of dollars the United States annually contribute to a variety of international causes and actions. Who has bitten the hand that will be holding the feed in the near future?
EU and UK reaction to Trump victory
Shocked EU foreign ministers called for a special meeting to asses the fallout of the Trump victory and in the UK some MPs threaten to boycot a state visit by Trump. Most were quite vocal against Trump during the run-up to the elections but now either have to swallow their words or stick to their guns.
The EU parliament is, as usual, pretty clueless about global matters but in Westminster, in particular, the hoopers and jugglers are walking a political tightrope. A escape artist might save the day. An ambassador with balls.
Introducing Nigel Farage, the “Father of Brexit” and a most vocal British Trump supporter.
Now famously, Farage beat British Prime Minister Theresa May to become the first foreign politician to meet with Trump after the election results, with a golden photo op as proof of his support –
To add insult to injury, May was only the 11th international leader to call Trump on his victory. And almost as if to rub salt in the wound, Trump tweeted his support for Farage –
Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016
May’s first response to Trump’s tweet was that there is no vacancy for the post of UK ambassador to the United States, confirming her support for incumbent Kim Darroch.
This is not a David vs Goliath moment. It is May vs Trump. Period.
If “a week in politics is a very long time” – ala British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, 1964 – then “special relationship” in politics is a very short term, pun intended.
A special relationship with the most powerful man on earth is worth all the gold (plus bitcoins) a country can muster. At the moment, it appears that Nigel Farage could be Britain’s mister gold.
Brexit, banks and oil
The financial effects of Brexit is only speculation at this time. Will Britain be better or worse off after they have left the European Union?
The UK has the 5th largest economy in the world. But with a manufacturing industry that has been fading the economy is heavily dependent on financial services. And the British financial services is heavily dependent on oil money simply because so much of their banking services are controlled by Arab interests.
The Arab oil business is under severe pressure mainly since huge oil fields have been discovered outside the middle-East, including the new mammoth find in Texas, the largest oil deposit ever found in the United States.
With the middle-East Islamic war – the war against ISIS and the war between the Shiites and Sunnis – most likely to escalate as Turkey battles the Kurds beyond the Syrian conflict, the pressure on the British banks is immense. It is well known that the Arab investors (the shareholders in British banks) have been bankrolling Islamic terrorist organizations; war is expensive – with the Islamic war turning full swing, they’ll turn to tap their other investments.
The effects of the Islamic war, the EU economy under pressure, Trump against Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP); it is time for the British to protect their interests beyond the unstable financial services sector and cosy political correctness.
Farage vs Darroch
May and Farage don’t see eye to eye on a number of issues, particularly on immigration. Farage is, to put it mildly, not well liked in the establishment. Kim Darroch, on the other hand, is part of the establishment. These two come from different parts of the political universe.
At the moment, Farage has the ear of the President-elect. Poor Darroch, on the other hand, has been pushed into thorned boxing ring without his gloves on. Not only was he thought to have been “greasing up to Hilary” during the election campaign but in a leaked diplomatic memo to May he announced “Trump did the apparently impossible” in winning the White House and urged May to exploit Donald Trump’s inexperience –
“It bears repeating that this soon to be president-elect is above all an outsider and an unknown quantity, whose campaign pronouncements may reveal his instincts, but will surely evolve and, particularly, be open to outside influence if pitched right.”
Oops! Big political oops.
During his lifetime, 52-year-old Farage survived a car crash, cancer and a plane crash. He failed seven times to become an MP but became UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) leader in 2006 (currently as acting leader), is a member of the House of Lords and has been Member of the European Parliament for South East England since 1999.
Farage also is a business man, has strong views on local values and speak clearly about immigration and terrorist threats. He and Trump share a lot of views. Thus said, they’re both hard headed and might, after all, not get on well during office hours.
Farage likes his cigars and a good tipple, much discussed in the media and as can be seen on the Tumblr blog dedicated to Pictures Of Nigel Farage With A Pint. The Donald does not touch the stuff at all.
Christopher Meyer – who was UK ambassador to the US from 1997 to 2003 and knows what it takes to get the job done – said:
A good diplomat needs “a quick mind, a hard head, a strong stomach, a warm smile and a cold eye.”
Sounds as if Farage could just be the right man for the job.
But let’s not forget that “a week is a very long time in politics.” Inauguration day is 8 weeks away.