Europe loves to pretend that the UK does not really have a special relationship with the USA. It’s British and American lives lost in WW2 that makes that ill-informed free-speech possible, did you know Europe?
All Britain’s detractors love to claim this. Europes unwitting liberal lefty stooges are happy to crow this nonsense as proxies for Eurogandists to bolster their last-straw-clutching hope that a European hand will someone impossibly and magically pull them out of the water and back into the European boat (which they fail to see is itself sinking). Actually it’s an easily demonstrably crap claim. Ronald and Maggie, Blair and Bush, FDR and Churchill.
Apart from World War 1 and World War 2 and the Cold War and Iran and Iraq and Afghanistan and a whole load more, plus the fact that the UK has US warheads on it’s nukes, plus there are all those American airbases in England and cooperation between MI6 and the CIA preventing terrorists killing folks, there is no special relationship. Hmm.
I was part raised with an American military family here in the UK during the cold war, before Britain joined the Common Market that became the EU. Man had just landed on the moon thanks to America – the free world had won the space race, life was exciting and hopeful despite the Cold War. I enjoyed American toys and food that my English friends had never heard of – Fritos, Matt Mason, Dr Pepper, Brownies, Salted Popcorn.
My family very nearly emigrated to America – San Diego to be precise. So it would be fair to say I personally have had a special relationship with America in my heart for a long time. I love my country, I am an English Briton, but I love America too, our fine cousin who stands for freedom in much the same way we do. The country that along with Britain lost many brave lives bailing out the disastrous warring continent of Europe that once again has lost the plot and forgotten what democracy and freedom looks like – which is a good part of why we in the UK are leaving the EU.
Mrs May was first in line to meet Mr Trump, and the UK will be first in line for a trade deal, just as Mr Trump promised. Have you noticed Mr Trump seems to ACTUALLY BE TRYING TO DO WHAT HE PROMISED! Has the EU noticed we really do have a big friend who will help us with trade and make a mockery of any stupid EU attempt to punish us for leaving? That really has to hurt in Brussels eh?
You just HATE the whole special relationship thing don’t you Europe? Is that because it reminds you how you failed as a continent in the past and scares you now you are falling apart again because your elitist system is bleeding your ordinary people dry and has forgotten what freedom is?
Many people might hate what Mr Trump says, but he has the guts to often say what most people are secretly thinking but have been afraid to say because the politically correct thought police had taped their mouths.
I don’t know how it will end, maybe badly, true. But it’s refreshing that someone can shout out that the emperor has no clothes and there’s an elephant in the room, and ACTUALLY try to CHANGE THINGS. I do know things won’t change and get better unless someone ACTUALLY TRIES TO ACTUALLY CHANGE THINGS like Mr Trump is doing.
Do I want to see the rust belt get its jobs back and America prosper as a secure and powerful country. Yes, because the good people of that great country deserve to have good lives, and a strong prosperous America is the real guarantor of a stable prosperous world. That sure ISN’T really NATO. NATO without the USA is NOTHING. Mainly because all the beneficiaries this side of the pond except UK and Poland have not really been prepared to pay for anything for a long long time. NATO may well be obsolete as Mr Trump said. Like the EU. The problem is most of the EU countries have been taking a free ride on NATO while the UK is the only really big economy this side of the pond that would pay its share. If there’s one thing Mr Trump doesn’t like, its freeloaders riding on America’s back, and frankly I think the UK should be thinking of itself in that way also. If the EU doesn’t want to give us a free trade deal, maybe we should dump the defence cooperation and intelligence cooperation and see how naked they feel with no UK and USA to bail them out of their next round of self-inflicted war or fight with Russia? If the EU are no more use to us tax any other WTO traders and actually cost us money and deliberately try to stand in the way of our prosperity, why should we defend their lives and freedom at all, let alone pay for it?