The latest affront to British values from May’s disastrous government began with her decision to scurry across the Atlantic, waving the NHS as a bargaining white flag, in her attempt to secure a headline trade deal from the new Trump regime to help ease her passage of the Tory bill to trigger Article 50. Triggering Article 50 is crucial for May’s leadership survival; while the Tory party could survive a defeat of the bill, May will not. We should presume that the details from any Trumped up trade deal would, of course, been kept secret. Worryingly, May has a history of keeping secret relevant details that could effect votes, even when those secrets involve misfiring nuclear missiles.
So, as the rest of the world recoiled from the Trump regime, May ran towards it with a begging bowl. So far, so bad.
Then Trump instigated his Muslim ban and May flapped that it was a matter for the US administration. Once again, other world leaders condemned Trump and, eventually, Downing Street issued a flaccid note to say that May was not in agreement with the US’s decision and would ask that British Muslims no be affected. Unsurprisingly, the British public did not consider this a strong enough response and demanded a debate on the upcoming State visit by Trump. May’s response was to reject the public’s direction and, when the matter did not sweep itself under a rug, had Downing Street issue a statement blaming the Queen for inviting Trump in the first place; adding ‘pathetic’ to the other accusations to be leveled against May’s government.
What Prime Ministers have hidden behind the skirts of the Queen? Can we presume that the Queen is not purring how? Royalist, republican, or wherever in between, surely nobody condones the British Prime Minister dragging the British Monarch into a matter of the government’s misjudgements? From Michael Gove ‘leaking’ to the Sun that the Queen was Euroskeptic to David Cameron’s cringing revelation of the Queen ‘purring’ over the Scottish Independence Referendum, the current Tory leadership appear to have little respect for the Monarch and seem more to feel that they they are more than entitled to use the Queen for their own political games or, in May’s case, to cover for their errors. When was that line crossed?