Waiting for the Barbarian
- December 19, 2017
Anyone familiar with horror films will recognize the following scenario: a group of people are being terrorised by a monster/serial killer/alien. They find a hiding place and fortify it. All their attention is focused on keeping the intruder out. Not until it is too late do they discover that the monster is already inside the building.
There is something of this trope in the response of the UK public to the political horror film starring the orange-haired beast known as Donald J. Trump.
Last week a poll revealed that 1 in 10 people would be willing to protest against a putative “working visit” from Donald Trump next year on a date that has yet to be determined. It is still not certain that this visit is even going to take place. Yet already the community networks that helped organise last February”s Stop Trump/Stand Up to Trump protests are bracing themselves for the occasion and putting dates into their diaries.
On one level this response is admirable. It”s a healthy sign that so many people are willing to disregard the grovelling decision by May and her hapless cronies to invite Trump anywhere near these shores. But we should not allow the beast in the White House to distract us from our own political monsters already in our midst. Because like Godot, Trump may not come. And as far as migrants in the UK are concerned, Trump is by no means the most pressing threat that this country faces right now.
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