Trump and May, A Week Of Hardship

 

Once more unto the breach my friend, once more. Another week and finally I have some news to discuss. It has I admit been a while since I have written. My New Year’s resolution is well and truly broken.

This week we have seen Donald Trump lambasted in the American media for not taking a harder line on Russia. The Republican Senator Bob Corker stated that “the dam has broken“. Whilst the word of treason was floated, it will yet to be seen whether this will have a marked affect. The New York Times have written a great piece this week on the waywardness of the Republican party, which is well worth reading – ‘The Dam Has Broken. But For How Long?’.

Trump and Putin. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Trump and Putin. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

What can be said, it is one of the first times we have seen significant Republican figures come out and take jabs at Trump. Paul Ryan, House Speaker, was one such figure to voice his opinion, “The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally”. Whilst not directly speaking about Trump, he is providing a countering opinion with the gravitas of his position as Speaker. What was amusing was immediately after making his statement, he was asked whether he was condemning Trump, which he pirouetted away from. The cynic in me can only see that Ryan is trying to show his strength of character in effect offering a clear subtle difference from Trump. He has to be mindful however, that Trump still has a large portion of the Republican electorate. If you would like to read Ryan’s address, you can view that here – Speaker, Paul Ryan’s Statement On Russia. 

From the fall out from Helsinki we need to turn to another world leader, Theresa May. There seems to be no let up for her and her leadership. Very rarely in politics do I ever feel a tinge of sadness for a politician, but reading news and watching Mrs May in the commons, I feel it. It’s like watching that favourite pet slowly dwindle, family members giving all-too-knowing glances at each other. Anyway, enough of my article liberating my childhood repressed memories; Theresa May is facing an uphill struggle. The last two weeks, May has seen several resignations amid Brexit negotiations.

Commons Vote. Photograph: PA

Commons Vote. Photograph: PA

The death toll includes: David Davis (lead Brexit Negotiator), Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary) & lesser known Steve Baker (Davis’ right hand man). Yesterday May’s government narrowly saw off a rebel amendment on the trade bill, securing a narrow 6 vote margin. May now has a busy week and will be eyeing the Parliamentary recess as the safe house with which to gather her resources and sure up her support. At this stage in the game, a no deal Brexit is becoming a genuine reality. One can only hope that political differences and point scoring can be put on the backbench (pun intended) and the focus to be on securing the future of the United Kingdom.