News today that John Cleese, that great comedian and star of Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and other glorious offerings…
…is relocating to the beautiful Caribbean island of Nevis. The reason: he’s had enough of the United Kingdom and its grotesque right-wing government. I can’t say I blame him. Despite living in France, I’m close enough to my homeland to smell the stench of barely dormant fascism drifting across the English Channel.
The ongoing bickering and infighting among British politicians over what’s become the banality of Brexit is disgusting enough, but the final straw was witnessing Donald Trump and his legalized doxy parading themselves before the Queen of England at Windsor Castle yesterday.
That the British government could allow it after the abuse Trump has hurled at the U.K. and Europe during his time in the White House, is symptomatic of just how far to the right of politics the Tories have drifted. Their allegiance to the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, and affiliations to UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), would have been unheard of a few years ago.
I’m sure I’m not the only one breathing a sigh of relief today that Donald Trump has taken himself off to one of his golf courses in Scotland and out of the limelight (hopefully) for a short while.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister…
…and one of the few politicians I have any time for, has refused to meet him. She’s also one of the few to stand up to him, and like all bullies he hates her for it. As a former advisor to Theresa May told the Huffington Post:
“He totally hates Nicola Sturgeon. He spends lots of his time bitching about Sturgeon. He loathes [Alec] Salmond too. But why spend so much time talking about Sturgeon in a phone call with Theresa May?” Ms Sturgeon has been a critic of Trump since before his election to the White House, calling on Americans to vote instead for his defeated rival Hillary Clinton.
The Britain I knew only sixteen years ago has changed out of all recognition: politically, environmentally, socially. The treatment of immigrants, the deportations, incarcerations, are on par with those of the U.S.. Large tracts of national parks are sold off to private enterprise, there are more homeless on the streets than ever before. House prices are so high developers buy them for renting to young couples at exorbitant cost with no security of tenure whatever.
The nation’s health service is in chaos. It’s now acceptable if emergency treatment is given within four hours of a patient arriving at an accident & emergency department. Many are left on trolleys or in ambulances much longer than that. Take the case of Albert Thompson…
…who lived in Britain forty-four years and was refused cancer treatment because he couldn’t produce a British passport or pay fifty-four thousand pounds for the treatment. I remember when the NHS would treat anyone who was ill, free of charge. The patient’s welfare was priority. Today, Albert Thompson is just one of many.
Britain is a disgrace that shames me whenever I’m forced to go there. I was once proud to be British. Now I’m embarrassed and ashamed to admit my heritage.
John Cleese is leaving Britain for the Caribbean island of Nevis. If I had his money I’d be there before him.
 “Donald Trump ‘hates’ Nicola Sturgeon, ex-UK Government aide claims” The Scotsman, July 13th 2018
 “Londoner denied NHS cancer care: ‘It’s like I’m being left to die'” Guardian, March 10th 2018