Theresa May's first mistake was going to the White House as the Lady in Red. That is, she succumbed to the glitz and bling of the President and First Family by glamming up to emulate them. I'm sure Donald Trump was flattered that she wore a suit and nail polish to match his tie, whilst the rest of us were much relieved that she hastily added a scarf to the ensemble - the décolletage really was too much. However, she would have appeared more as a stateperson and world leader had she worn the black and white 'serious' business trouser suit she wore later to sell arms to Turkish President Erdogan. As despicable as the arms industry is, it should be noted that as they shook hands on the deal, there wasn't a scarlet fingernail in sight.
I am sure feminists the world over wept as they watched Theresa May accept the Donald's patriarchal role without question. Just like his wife, his daughters and all the sycophantic women who surround him, she prettied up and giggled girlishly at his crudity, his ignorance, his bigotry and the atrocities he was committing while she was with him. Did she mention any of that while she had the ear of the President? Well, no she didn't, not her problem she told pesky journalists who kept repeating the question. The subtext being she is prepared to accept ANY deal with any monster, and any violation of human rights because the rest of Europe have told her to feck off. Now might be a good time for Boris Johnson to spend more time with his family, as he caused it all.
Whilst picking out 'just the right outfit' and finding shoes and nail polish to match, Did she not consider it might be a good idea to do a little research on President Trump, may use our own Secret Services to look into Donald Trump's claims of business successes? He claims to be a multi billionaire but refuses to release any details of his wealth via tax returns. The number of debtors pursuing him in the Civil courts would suggest otherwise. She either hasn't done her homework, or like millions of his supporters, she is willing to ignore Trump's appalling record in the property industry and all his bankruptcies because she believes his grandiose claims are real.
Theresa May went into her meeting knowing that Donald Trump is famed for his fantastical claims. Did he show her his framed picture of 'the biggest inauguration crowd' ever? Did he tell her about how many times he had been on the front cover of Time magazine? Did he tell her he had the best team, the best workers, the most support, the love of the people? Did she believe him? Is she prepared to accept his truth, rather than the evidence before her eyes?
Is she aware that Donald Trump has not severed his links with his own corporation? Is she aware Donald Trump is in the luxury hotel and golf course business - and that is the trade he will be expanding on behalf of the USA. Any deal with the UK, will no doubt include the abolition of wind farms that spoil the view along the Scottish coastline for his VIP hotel guests, and so he can say 'beat ya Mad Alex'. President Trump has had a taste of British bureaucracy and democracy at it's finest. His plan to turn the West coast of Scotland into an unspoilt view for all the billionaires he was expecting, was eventually kicked into the long grass, by a handful of stubborn celts and Alex Salmond (eventually). Unless Theresa May is willing to waive all bye laws, planning restrictions and environmental protection for Trump industries, he is unlikely to be looking at the UK to expand.
As for President Trump's proposed State Visit, I hope all our British celebrities come out to protest as their counterparts are doing in the USA. Theresa May clearly hasn't taken into account the way in which a British audience would react to Trump's inhumanity. The name Trump will become synonymous with the word boycott. And as Theresa May has discovered, anyone coercing with Trump's tyranny. A special relationship with a man who has repulsed the rest of the civilised world, really isn't something to brag about. How does Theresa May think trade deals with the rest of the world will go once the Queen and British Establishment have paid homage to Donald Trump?
But let's return to Theresa May's outfit. It should go down as the worst outfit decision she has ever made. She did not present herself to the misogynist tyrant as an equal. She flattered his ego by taking the servile female role to the Master, wearing the kind of clothes he would wholeheartedly approve of, something that looks good on his elbow. He has no time for women who are not decorative. As soon as Theresa poked her pointy red kitten heel out of the state limousine, he knew he had the advantage. Would he have addressed the Russian President as Vladimir? Will he call the Queen Elizabeth? Would he have taken Putin's hand and then patted it is as though he were a good toddler? And would Putin have painted his nails red?
It was of course Theresa May's own fault, she set the stage and chose the outfit, or to give her the benefit of the doubt, she may have had a stylist, who whispered in her ear, red says confidence, red says republican and red says I wholeheartedly approve of your ostentatious lifestyle and can you bring Dynasty back.
The speed with which she offered the new President a State visit, less than two weeks into his new office and a revolution to oust him already in progress, was astounding. The kind of naivety brings her own fitness to lead in question. She has kicked off a cause that now has months in which to plan the biggest demonstration the UK has ever seen. Was she hypnotized by the toupee, bedazzled by the surroundings, did she get carried away and make an offer no-one else knew about? As bad as that is, it would be even worse to think this was a collective decision made in advance of Theresa May's visit and with the full knowledge that this man is advocating the torture and persecution of ethnic minorities.
If Theresa May takes nothing else from all these demonstrations, she must accept that the British people do not want to trade with an untrustworthy, mentally unstable nationalist who believes he can make the USA self contained and self sufficient. Totally unrealistic of course, but he as President can price whoever he wants, out of business. Especially Mexico who have just been slapped with a 20% import tax.
Is she not also aware that for Donald Trump, the UK is peanuts. The only thing we have is the kudos our endorsement brings him as leader of the free world. The support of the Queen and the UK government is priceless. Probably one of his wilder dreams he thought would never come true. The naivety of the British PM was pure frosting. That's pretty much all he wanted from the UK, and he got within his first week. Any bargaining power the UK may have had is gone.
But let's look at the economics. How popular does the British PM and the Tory party think the Trump brand is going to be? Who in their right mind would go to Trump hotels, eat Trump steaks and drink Trump vodka? His dream of taking over the world may have to be put on hold, because he is universally despised, even as I type, doors all over the globe are being slammed in his face. His divide and conquer is working, but perhaps not in the way he wanted. It is he and his supporters who are being boycotted, not the ethnic minorities he keeps pointing the finger at.
The only viable trade deals Theresa May could make with Trump would be arms deals. That is the creation and enhancements of weapons of mass destruction. Trump has made no secret of the fact that he will be investing heavily arms and the military. Is that really who we want to be? A subservient nation who supplies arms and shares security information with white supremacist militia?
I very much doubt the NHS will be under threat from Trump - not in zillion years will he acknowledge the lefty 'Welfare State' as a good thing, so it's unlikely to be his role model of choice. Too much work required with too little instant profit. Besides, if he can't run a casino in a gamblers paradise, what chance the NHS in his hands?
Theresa May in her quest to keep the special relationship going, clearly missed Donald Trump's 'America First' message. Let me translate for her. The USA will no longer outsource their manufacturing, and they will heavily tax any manufactured items that are imported. Trade between Britain and the UK will not increase, the bottom will drop out of any existing trade as imports will be priced out of the market. Americans will have no option but to buy American.
None of the above however makes any difference to Trump. His goal is Russia, he wants a chunk of oligarch gold, a way into the massive, largely untapped, new found Russian wealth. He wants a special relationship with Putin, one that probably won't include Theresa May even if she has a Vogue makeover and wears diamonds.