Yesterday’s tweet about Trump’s UK state visit drew some surprise from folk that the Scottish government would have a role at all. Today, though, here’s today’s Evening Standard (and to be fair, yesterday’s Daily Record which we’d missed) following up on the strong possibility that Scotland might well be used as a neat way of avoiding too many difficult protests on the streets of London. Here’s Angus MacNeil MP anticipating just this possibility back in November.

Alex Salmond is quite right, up to a point, to say we should respect the office but not the office-holder. Perhaps, though, we should respect the US just that bit less for now as that nation’s moral mandate takes a tumble via discriminatory travel bans, federal policy imperatives with strong racial undertones, a president whose business interests appear to inform his executive orders and much else besides.

Not that long ago, we spoke to a senior minister in a foreign government which occasionally shoots citizens extra-judicially and extra-territorially. “We get a lot of stick for that”, he said,”but we hardly ever do it. Whereas look at the US – they do it all the time”. Ah, but the US is a superpower protecting the democratic way, right? Under Trump?

Let’s stop calling the chump ‘the leader of the free world’, for God’s sake. He’s the leader of the reckless, the right-wing and many folk who feel abandoned by modernity. For now, the institutions of the US are being turned into instruments of regression, not progress, by a truly nasty bunch. They deserve a bit of dis-respect for once.

It would be a fine thing if the Scottish government gave minimum assistance and recognition to any putative state visit to Scotland by Trump. And although, as Alex Salmond says, there are logistical challenges to mounting protests in and around places like Balmoral, it’s nevertheless definitely possible. Suggestions please?





7 Responses to Trump’s ‘awful state’ visit and Scotland. Gonnae no?
  1. Alternatively, nobody goes. At all. Trump driven through empty streets. Empty seats at the banquet hall. No press conference, or a press conference scheduled and not a single journalist turning up. The news covering the world championships in corn-on-the-cob juggling or something like that. That would be beyond awesome.

  2. I thought Balmoral was the private property of the Queen. No fan of the monarchy but she shouldn’t be compelled to invite him to private residence. Surely State Visits should be held in State-owned property?

  3. Remember those aircraft with banners?

    Or how about Hollywood size letter giving messages.

  4. I’d prefer not to have him here, especially if the reason he comes is to spare May’s blushes as millions turn out in London to jeer and turn their backs on him and on her for being a butt licker.

    But there’s not a lot we can do about it if they decide that this is where it will be.

    It will be desperately unfair to the people living around Balmoral, but I doubt that will interest May very much as she seems to have abandoned Scotland’s wishes.

    I read somewhere that the queen is not happy about having to go to Balmoral at a time when she would normally be elsewhere. Maybe she will put her foot down. Let’s hope so

    Clearly the difficulties of mounting a protest in Balmoral will put many people off. There’s little transport and few places to stay, but just before the village there is a vast area of land for camping and a good river for fresh water. It’s not beyond possible.

    It would, however be a massive job for Police Scotland, the Royal Protection Squad and Trumps own goons. I’m not sure why we should pay for this, or why the residents of the area should have to put up with it.

    Capital cities are the place for state visits and the demonstrations that go with them. They come complete with many privileges. They should come with hardships.

  5. Mounting a protest at balmoral may be hard work but there are so few roads leading to balmoral protests on them could cause plenty of havoc. Of course, el Presidente will get flown in but it would be disruptive to say the least..

  6. No room for Trump in Scotland eejits not welcome

  7. It is a lot easier to block any routes into Balmoral than try to get there for a protest. There would obviously be police there to keep demonstrators far back and out of sight.

    Much better to barricade the roads and force Trump to fly there. Dog him at any airport he has to use. Let him slink in and out avoiding the public . There can be no Obama trip to Ireland style parade.


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