Andrew Coates recently drew attention to an example of left/right convergence – George Galloway rubbing his hands over Trump’s onslaught on the ‘liberal agenda’.
I’ve said it since Tuesday. I don’t care what they do in their own country, just as long as they don’t plunge us into more wars. If they want to build a wall that’s up to them. If they want to throw out illegal immigrants or keep out Muslims that’s up to them. It’s their business.
Here’s more in roughly the same vein – this time from John Prescott writing in the Mirror.
And it’s on this point that I think Trump is on to something. Why should we continue to place more British troops as hostages to fortune in Poland and other Eastern European countries as part of our NATO commitment? Is Russia really a threat to world peace? I’d argue the most dangerous country wasn’t led by Putin but George W Bush.
The apparent logic of the final paragraphs is particularly alarming:
Trump is questioning many of the global institutions that are largely based on Western interests and values, such as the World Trade Organisation, the IMF and NATO.
Look how the West responded to Trump winning.
They gave a qualified welcome but insisted he uphold western values like freedom, democracy, human dignity and the rule of law.
China and Russia just called for sustainable dialogue, co-operation and ending conflict.
The implication here is that freedom, democracy etc are just expendable shibboleths.
Hat Tip: Marc