I was first amused, then annoyed and, by the time it had ended, disgusted by the British House of Commons debate on banning Donald Trump from the United Kingdom, which took place on Monday, January 18. Was this the same House of Commons that allowed China’s ruthless authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, to speak to its esteemed members in October last year? True, both men share an admiration for Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin. Both are seen as modern populists, at home and abroad. Both want to make their countries ‘great again’. However, there are quite a few reasons for the UK Parliament to be ashamed of singling out the Donald, having given Xi Dada the red carpet treatment three months earlier.
Donald Trump had his security remove a journalist from one of his venues. Xi Jinping’s China is the world’s number one jailer of journalists.
Oh, of course, both Trump and Xi say the UK should mind their own business. On that I agree with both the candidate and the dictator.