Britain will not be rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump on his working visit this week
By Daniel J. McLaughlin
There are many recognisable British traits: the ability to queue, passive-aggressiveness, sarcasm as a second language, and simultaneously shouting "wa-hey!" when someone drops a glass in a pub. Britain is also known for its exemplary hosting skills, welcoming people to Blighty. But that's only when the welcome is earned - all you have to be is nice, polite and civil; and these are traits that do not belong to Donald Trump.
As well as being great hosts, the British can put on a heck of a protest, if they sense injustice. The US president will be travelling to the UK on a "working visit" between Thursday and Sunday, and the red carpet is not being rolled out for Trump. In fact, there are more than a million people who wish to give the visit a red card, after signing a petition to call for the president's trip to be cancelled.
There are thousands of protesters expected to greet Trump when he arrives in the capital. He will only be spending a few hours in London, staying overnight at the US Ambassador’s official residence in Regent’s Park, Winfield House. He will not visit Downing Street, Buckingham Palace or the Houses of Parliament.
The US president's working visit will put "unquestionable pressure" on UK police forces, according to the Police Federation. With huge numbers expected to protest against Trump, police forces from across the country have been asked to send officers to assist.
Simon Kempton from the Police Federation of England and Wales said: "The fact cannot be ignored that while the officers on mutual aid are deployed elsewhere thousands more of their colleagues left behind in their home force will be expected to pick up the slack, leaving them even more stretched.
"There was a time when we could do it all but now choices have to be made - we cannot do it all and this type of event puts a service which is already creaking at its knees under unquestionable pressure."
Local policing could be reduced to "reactive services", he added, especially with the additional strain due to the World Cup and the Novichok poisonings in Amesbury.
Trump is expected to attend a gala dinner at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, before holding talks with Theresa May at her Chequers country retreat in Buckinghamshire. On Friday, he will meet the Queen at Windsor Palace before travelling to Scotland for the weekend. The places on Trump's itinerary are "places where protesters can be kept out of sight and earshot", the Guardian notes.
The protesters may be out of sight, but it will be difficult for Trump to miss the huge, baby balloon in his image floating above Westminster. Perspecs' own Joe Harker notes that it is the best way to protest against a president who really hates being made fun of. He describes the balloon as "six metres tall and depicts the US President as a shrieking baby, complete with tiny hands and a phone in hand for petulant rants on Twitter".
The organisers behind the blimp will now take it on a world tour. Their crowdfunding website raised more money than originally envisaged, and they will use the extra funds to take the balloon further than London. So far, they have raised £26,990 for the 'Trump Baby'.
The organisers said: "All the details are still TBC but once little Donald has been run out of Britain in July, we will start to put together an itinerary - so if your community is unlucky enough to be expecting a visit from the orange sex pest, please get in touch after the 14th."
Donald Trump will spend time in London, Windsor and Scotland during the two-day working visit, starting on Thursday.