The situation regarding Donald Trump's possible state visit to the UK is more of a rollercoaster than the price of Bitcoin. First he's not coming because protesters might hurt his feelings, then he is but only on a 'working visit'. That's before deciding he won't come after all, only for that decision to be reversed a few weeks later.
Whatever actually happens, we know one thing for sure. Trump won't be welcome in Greenwich, because the council just passed a motion to ban him from the borough.
Earlier this week the US Ambassador in London make comments suggesting Sir Tweets-A-Lot will be heading to the UK next spring, which naturally fuelled the talk of protests the controversial President seems to keen to avoid. The Labour-led Greenwich council added its own voice to the topic, calling on the government to abandon plans for any state-sponsored visits to the UK. The council adopted a motion calling for the visit to be cancelled, and in the process made it clear than President Bad-Hair-Day is not welcome within the borough.
The council expressed "alarm at the decision of President Trump to retweet Islamophobic Propaganda" and "sadness at the President's bigoted attitude towards women and ethnic minorities". The propaganda in question were videos from Britain First's deputy leader, featuring false information and anti-muslim sentiment.
Councillor Denise Hyland, leader of the council said:
"On a daily basis we work hand in hand with residents from all communities to ensure this borough is a peaceful and welcoming place that celebrates difference and diversity, but in the case of President Trump we are willing to make an exception. We are one of 32 London boroughs, all different, all individual but all home to people from across the world.
This diversity strengthens our borough. It enriches our lives on a daily basis. And it reminds us all that we have so much more in common than divides us. As one of the most multi-cultural London boroughs, we are a place that has worked tirelessly to break down barriers. We have no time for people who want to build walls, when we have done so much to break them down."
I'm not sure if there are any golf course in Greenwich, though, so maybe Donald won't be so upset about this news. [Standard]