A very wise contributor to this forum recently said:
“I’m convinced that the best way to gauge the temper of the times in any particular place is to live there oneself’ “
He is absolutely right. And so I hope that he will understand that I am writing as someone who has lived in two countries that are not in the U.S.A – but are independent, democratic countries who elect their own Prime Ministers to do the bidding of their electorates.
The best thing about ‘The Only President we Have’ was, for me, as an English / Australian woman, was that that particular person seemed to be more interested in dealing with some of the problems in the Middle East than interfering in the internal matters of countries who have always thought of themselves as U.S. allies.
It was with much dismay that I listened to Biden’s first speech when he declared he intended to return to the U.S.A. being the ‘Leader of the Free World’.
U.S. Presidents are not my Leader – I cannot vote for them – and I do not recognise their authority. And my immediate reaction was: OMG! Here we go again.
One of the few journos I trust wrote this:
“the Biden team includes people who are deeply hostile to Great Britain and believe – incorrectly – that Brexit in some way abandons our commitment to the Good Friday Agreement.
It isn’t just the Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi who takes this ignorant, anti-British view. Senator Chuck Schumer will shortly be the majority leader in the new Democrat-run Senate.
Last year, Schumer gave a speech for Sinn Fein, alongside Gerry Adams and others, in which he declared that while ‘the road to Irish unity’ is ‘long and winding’ it is ‘now more within reach today than at any time’.
Sinn Fein was delighted to re-post that speech in the past few days, along with a message from Schumer to the Irish republicans: ‘I wish you the best in your critical efforts to build support for a truly united Ireland.’
The terrorists and former terrorists who run Sinn Fein are thrilled by such talk. After years of pro-terrorist sentiment being anathema in Washington, it appears that it is back at the heart of American politics.
This is bad for America – and bad for Britain, too.
With people such as Schumer at the top table, our nation is at a tricky juncture.
Remember, these people are dedicated to the break-up of our country – to the secession of Northern Ireland from the rest of the United Kingdom.
US politicians in the mould of Schumer and Biden (who loves to boast about his Irish ancestry) would be appalled if British politicians campaigned to break up the United States.”
I add here a personal note. I lived in London when the IRA were littering bombs everywhere. I, like most Londoners, simply carried on. I never learnt to hate the Irish – only those who thought they could intimidate me.
The morning after 9/11 I went in to the Public Records office in the U.K. to be greeted by an American friend who was ranting about the U.S.A’s right to nuke any country that harboured enemies of his country. His, German, wife asked if I could say anything to calm him down. My comment: ‘and when can the U.K. nuke New York?’ stopped him and he asked why I said that. My answer was quite simple – America harboured the enemies of the U.K. and allowed Irish-Americans to fund the IRA who also killed thousands of innocent people. I’m quite sure that 9/11 brought home to many Americans just what home-terrorism meant.
Northern Ireland voted to remain part of the united Kingdom. They may, at some time, vote to do otherwise – but the U.S.A has no right to comment or interfere in that matter. That the present U.S. Government is cosying up to Sinn Fein is a very worrying development.
As a colony who fought to free itself from the domination of a government which did not recognise its special needs how dared Obama tell the U.K. to stay in the EU – who were overriding the very principles of Magna Carta – the basis of the U.S.A’s constitution? Or so I have been told!!
And I now read that Biden is threatening to withhold trade agreements with Australia if we don’t sign up to his version of climate change requirements.
Just at the moment I’m asking myself what is the difference between President Xi Jinping of China who is using trade sanctions to make us change our policies and President Biden who is threatening to do the same?
Not a lot from where I stand at the moment.