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No to Trump, yes to Labour!

by New Worker correspondent

PROTESTERS took to the streets of central London on Tuesday to demonstrate against Donald Trump who returned to the capital this week to take part in a NATO summit at a luxury hotel in Hertfordshire that was once the home of the Earls of Clarendon. While NATO leaders lorded it with the Queen in Buckingham Palace to mark the alliance’s 70th anniversary crowds voiced their fury over increased military spending, including the US-controlled Trident nuclear missile system, and the American president’s sinister influence over Boris Johnson and other Tory party leaders.

Before marching to Buckingham Palace demonstrators listened to speakers including Lindsey German, the Stop the War Coalition convener. She called for the election of an “anti-war government” and to “make sure on December 13th we have Jeremy Corbyn in 10 Downing Street”.

The Labour leader had planned to challenge Trump at the Royal reception over fears that Johnson’s proposed free-trade deal would lead to an American take-over of the health service.

Corbyn told the BBC that he was going to tell Trump: “Welcome to this country. I hope you’ll understand how precious our national health service is, and in any future trade relationship with the USA, none of our public services are on the table, none of our public services are for sale and investor state protection is not acceptable to our government when we’ve won this election”. But he never got the chance. At the gathering palace staff diplomatically steered both men well away from each other to avoid an embarrassing confrontation.

In the past crawling to the Americans was almost compulsory for Tory and Labour leaders who would drone on and on about “partnership” and the “special relationship” to justify British imperialism’s slavish support of American power throughout the world. But times are clearly changing and not just in the Labour Party.

A recent opinion poll shows that nearly a third think the United States is a threat to global peace and security. The poll, conducted by Opinium for the British Foreign Policy Group (BFPG) think tank, predictably put the usual suspects — Russia, North Korea, China and Iran ahead of America. But the high US rating — only five points below that of the Iranians — reflects a deepening distrust of the so-called “leader of the free world”.

Trump has ham-fistedly tried to sway the public in favour of Johnson. He said Corbyn would be “so bad” if he came to power while Johnson is “tough and smart” and “a really good man”. And he rang the radio show hosted by Nigel Farage last month to urge the Brexit Party leader to forge an alliance with Johnson at the next election.

But Johnson’s campaign managers, who fear that support from America’s chief war-lord could cost them votes, are believed to have asked Trump to distance himself from Johnson this week. If they did the message was garbled on the way. Trump did, in fact, tell journalists that he was going to “stay out of the election” but then went on to say “I think Boris is very capable and I think he’ll do a good job”.

Trump also responded to Labour’s NHS claims made public last week when Corbyn released leaked documents showing that the Americans have been pushing for the opening up of the health service to “full market access” after Brexit.

“I don’t even know where that rumour started,” Trump told the media. “We have absolutely nothing to do with it and we wouldn’t want to if you handed it to us on a silver platter, we want nothing to do with it”.

But Trump, like Johnson, suffers from an immense credibility gap. Few believe him — least of all Corbyn who said: “I’m pleased that he’s said that, but if that’s the case why have these talks gone on for two years? Why have they been kept secret?”