Will Theresa May’s Flowers Bloom In The Spring?

Springtime has come early to Britain. No, the birds haven’t started nest-building; the bees aren’t busy collecting nectar for their honey, and tulips aren’t yet in bloom, but for Prime Minister Theresa it’s truly May in January.

Note this BBC website report from earlier this month – the 6th to be precise:

Theresa May is to visit US President-elect Donald Trump in the spring, Downing Street has said.
In December the PM’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, travelled to the US to build links with the incoming president’s team.
A source said Mrs May “looks forward to visiting the new president in the spring”.
The meeting is expected to take place at the White House and could be as early as next month, it is understood.
The December trip by Mrs May’s closest aides was part of efforts to build a relationship with Mr Trump ahead of his inauguration on 20 January.
The president-elect first invited the prime minister to visit in a phone call shortly after his election victory in November.
It had been expected that she would visit Washington in the early months of 2017. [1]

And today, sixteen days later:

Prime Minister Theresa May will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington DC on Friday, the White House has said.
Mrs May will be the first foreign leader to meet the new president after his inauguration.
A post-Brexit free trade deal is thought likely to be high on her agenda as she travels to the US for talks.
Confirmation of the meeting came as hundreds of thousands of people around the world joined women’s marches to protest Mr Trump’s presidency.
Mr Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer gave details of Mrs May’s visit in his first briefing to journalists at the White House on Saturday.
Earlier, while visiting the CIA’s headquarters, President Trump said the PM “is coming over to our country very shortly”. [2]

It seems she couldn’t wait till spring and Donald’s already calling her “my Maggie”. It all conjures a certain reminiscence of Gilbert & Sullivan’s clownish figure Ko-Ko, portrayed by the Donald, when he learns he has to wed Katisha, a rather unattractive lady from the Mikado’s court:

(sung by the good people of Britain):
The flowers that bloom in the spring,
Tra la,
Breathe promise of merry sunshine –
As we merrily dance and we sing,
Tra la,
We welcome the hope that they bring,
Tra la.
Of a summer of roses and wine.
And that’s what we mean when we say that a thing
Is welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring.
Tra la la la la la, etc.
Tra la la la, etc.

TRUMP: The flowers that bloom in the spring,
Tra la,
Having nothing to do with the case.
I’ve got to take under my wing, Tra la,
A most unattractive old thing,
Tra la,
With a caricature of a face,
And that’s what I mean when I say, or I sing,
‘Oh, bother the flowers that bloom in the spring.’
Tra la la la la la, etc.
Tra la la la, Tra la la la, etc.

Trump’s only been president for a day but already his narcissism is ballooning out of control. “My Maggie” is an obvious reference to Ronald Reagan’s relationship with Margaret Thatcher. Presumably Trump sees himself as another Reagan. Anyone who’s studied the Reagan presidency knows he’s really not paying himself much of a compliment, though to many of the more ignorant Republicans, including most at the red side of Congress, Reagan’s been elevated to the level of a Republican god. Well, he was a ‘B’-movie star, after all.

May’s impending visit is to obtain a trade deal with the U.S. that’ll allow her to boot the E.U. to the touchline once and for all. Those pesky European ministers have cocked their snoots at her for the last time, or so she thinks. NOTE for Americans: in place of ‘cock a snoot’ please read, ‘the five-fingered salute’.

The Donald wants May to persuade NATO countries to pay more towards their defence. That’s likely to be the deal before any trade agreement is forthcoming. Whether May has sufficient clout to twist the arms of NATO ministers up their backs is a matter still open to debate. If not, she may find herself adrift in mid-Atlantic and denied landfall in either America or Europe.

Thatcher had a low opinion of Reagan’s intellect (she could sometimes be astute!), but May had better not underestimate the hard-boiled Trump, or she may well find her springtime rapidly reverting to winter.

[1] “Theresa May to visit Donald Trump ‘in the spring'” BBC, January 6th 2017.

[2] “Theresa May to meet Donald Trump on Friday – White House” BBC, January 21st 2017

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