Eeny, meeny, miny moe, one of us had better say something about the BBC’s coverage of the anti-Trump protests, and since Craig is stricken with sunstroke, (or some other sun-related indisposition) I’d better have a go.
I was, of course referring to the BBC’s coverage of President Trump’s visit. Calling it “the BBC’s coverage of the anti-Trump protests” seemed the most accurate way to describe what I saw today.
Given the glee with which “everyone” responded to the balloon prank the minute Mayor Khan gave it the thumbs up, the extensive airtime the BBC dedicated to today’s anti-Trump protests came as no surprise.
The BBC is ever so keen to stress that the protests are not about the office of POTUS, but solely about the individual, whom they sometimes call “the incumbent”. The BBC is anxious to make this particular point at every opportunity, as it keeps the protesters just the right side of the moral high ground (as they see it.) I assume straightforward anti-Americanism isn’t the correct attitude for an impartial broadcaster to encourage.
Several reporters have been telling us what Trump really wants. I wonder how everyone knows what President Trump ‘wants’? No matter. They’re certain that he’s primarily interested in being seen with the Queen or being photographed standing next to her. That’s what Trump ‘wants’. Fact.
Random demonstrators are plucked from the crowd by Anita McVeigh and Co., to speak for the protesters.
“Why are you here today?”
“Because Policies. Misogyny! Fascism! Racism! Policies!”
Just, you know, “policies”. Only the BBC seems not to notice the inanity of these responses.
However, Melania went down very well with the Chelsea Pensioners and some kids. She appeared elegant and friendly and she threw or bowled the obligatory ball while wearing a pair of towering heels. And why not? The Duchess of Cambridge does it all the time.
Towering heels make you look ridiculous. Especially coming down the steps from a plane. In fact, they make you look idiotic as soon as you start to move. Think Amal Clooney, ambassador for the Ministry of Silly Walks.
Since we now know what Trump ‘wants’, perhaps the BBC will tell us what the protesters want, zigazig ah.
What if the protesters are right, and Donald Trump genuinely is so thin-skinned and immature that he takes offence bigly and cuts off our special relationship good and proper, once and for all. No more holding hands with Theresa. Are they hoping to drive us back to the EU? Is that it?
What if their antics propel the Labour Party into power? Venezuela? Is that really it? We should be told.