Boris Johnson and different Tory cupboard ministers who spent years “queueing up to pour praise” on Donald Trump, regardless of his objectionable views have achieved nothing aside from to decrease the UK’s status on this planet, the shadow international secretary, Lisa Nandy, has mentioned.
Calling for a brand new UK international coverage with a “moral centre”, Nandy assaults key figures within the Conservative management for the best way they lauded Trump as a method of advancing their very own careers, forgetting that his attitudes amounted to a rejection of British values of tolerance, democracy and the promotion of minority rights.
Also right this moment, writing within the Observer, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, renews his four-year disagreement with Trump, saying the outgoing president – who inspired his supporters to stage protests over the US election lead to Washington DC final week – had from the beginning “followed the playbook of the fascist dictators and strongmen that came to power in the 1930s and 40s”. Khan says the best way Tory leaders lauded Trump down the years amounted to a type of “appeasement” that won’t be forgotten.
Speaking to the Observer, Nandy mentioned the behaviour of members of the present authorities, together with Johnson and Michael Gove, since early 2017 had been “nauseating”.
“Whether it’s over trade, climate change or justice for 19-year-old Harry Dunn, those cabinet ministers have come away with absolutely nothing to show for these public displays of sycophancy except for a diminished reputation for Britain in the world,” the shadow international secretary mentioned. “The special relationship with the US works when it is based on honesty, mutual trust and respect. Ministers were so eager to swallow the Trump playbook of how politics should be done that they abandoned British values, interests and their own self-respect.
“Britain’s foreign policy must have a moral centre and we should have the confidence to stand firm against those who undermine our values and our interests. Our country is better than this and we deserve a government that shows it.”
During a press convention final week, after Trump supporters had damaged into the Capitol constructing and clashed with police in what the incoming president, Joe Biden, referred to as an “insurrection”, Johnson did be a part of the worldwide condemnation of Trump.
“In so far as he encouraged people to storm the Capitol and in so far as the president consistently has cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election, I believe that that was completely wrong,” the prime minister mentioned. “I think what President Trump has been saying about that has been completely wrong and I unreservedly condemn encouraging people to behave in the disgraceful way that they did in the Capitol.”
But Nandy and Khan say recollections of how he befriended Trump at each activate his rise to No 10 – selling the president’s pro-Brexit enthusiasms whereas by no means overtly criticising him even over his therapy of minorities and ladies – will reside on.
Last yr leaks of diplomatic exchanges confirmed Johnson had instructed US officers he believed the president was “making America great again”.
In early 2017 the Cabinet Office minister, Michael Gove, paid homage to Trump in a Times interview during which he appeared bedazzled by his look, speaking of his “clothes in primary colours so bold they make everyone else in the room seem dowdy”. Gove was additionally photographed grinning alongside him.
Khan writes: “Whatever they say now, the most senior Conservative ministers rushed to fawn over Trump. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Priti Patel, Dominic Raab and others deliberately tied their political project to his. Not just by facilitating a clearly inappropriate state visit to the UK but by forging close links between their party and Trump’s movement.
“Their appeasement will not be forgotten despite their eleventh-hour belated attempts to put distance between themselves and Trump.”
Khan added: “The events in the US must now act as a wake-up call for democracies around the world. There is no guarantee that other democracies will prove to be as robust as the US has, especially as some countries will likely suffer horrendous economic consequences from the pandemic – conditions that history tells us are ripe for the rise of fascism.”