Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A UK Ban for Trump Would Be Hypocritical

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A UK Ban for Trump Would Be Hypocritical

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Byline: With US Editor Christopher Bucktin

eARLIER this week Britain did what many Americans have attempted but failed to decide - debate whether Donald Trump is bad or simply mad? Although the Republican presidential frontrunner's views have divided his own country he has managed, in some quarters, to unify our own.

Following a petition signed by 575,000 people for Trump to be banned from the UK because of his proposal to prevent Muslims from entering the US, Parliament discussed the issue.

| Vladimir Chinese Jinping have labelled ' For three hours they didn't hold back.

The billionaire was called "the orange prince of American self-publicity" and "an idiot", and said to be guilty of "buffoonery" and being "objectionable and hateful".

One MP, Labour's Jack Dromey went as far to say: "I don't think Donald Trump should be allowed within 1,000 miles of our shores. Trump is free to be a fool, but he is not free to be a dangerous fool in Britain."

But despite the often schoolboy debate, it was still good news of sorts for Trump who has invested millions in the UK economy with various business ventures.

While there was overwhelming agreement the businessman was, as one Tory put it, a "wazzock" there was little interest in banning him from entering Britain.

They did not put the debate to a vote.

Putin and President Xi yet to be wazzocks' Nevertheless before the discussion Trump appeared to take the threat seriously warning that if he was barred from Britain, he would withdraw his investments in Scotland, which include the Turnberry golf resort.

It would have been incredible to imagine him being banned.

If Trump is victorious come the November elections it would have raised the spectre of a US President not being able to travel to one of its closest and longestserving allies.

It would cause serious, probably irreparable damage to Britain's relationship with the United States.

Like most, I don't agree with Trump and his bigoted views. His comments regarding Muslims and those he made previously about numerous nationalities are shockingly wrong.

But to ban him for his opinions would have set an extremely dangerous precedent for a country that embarrassingly rolls out the red carpet for leaders of nations with heinous human rights records. …

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