As ‘Desperate of Downing Street’ dashed with unseemly haste to Washington, Steve Beauchampé wrote in the Birmingham Press:With the UK’s pressing need for a US trade deal, the Prime Minister is unlikely to cite concern about Trump’s behaviour, views and actions on any of a whole panoply of issues during their meeting’. He summarises:

‘In essence Theresa May and her government colleagues are happy to look the other way, to ignore both Trump’s grossest outbursts and his most outlandish policies. It’s a response that increasingly describes the UK in 2017 (May also visits Ankara and autocratic Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday – cue more handshakes and smiles with a ruthless leader).

‘As we prepare to leave the EU we’ll sell anything to anyone, no matter the consequences, the morals, the ethics.

  • Weapons to Saudi Arabia and Bahrain? Kerching;
  • Got nuclear waste? … We’ll store it;
  • Looking for an unregulated offshore tax haven? You’re welcome;
  • Want a wall built? …We’ve got the builders.

‘Britain is open for business… and it’s EU regulation free business! The barriers are down and if we want free trade deals, particularly with the US, where Trump intends scrapping at least 70% of business regulations, then the UK may have to submit to importing dodgy overpriced pharmaceuticals, low grade food, unsafe consumer goods’. 

Are there different and acceptable forms of protectionism? Colin Hines thinks so. Here is the first page of his recently published book acquired via


We look forward to Colin’s visit to Birmingham on 22nd April – and meanwhile the writer will be reading his latest book on her PC’s Kindle app – the process: