On Wednesday, February 1, people from communities across the country took to the streets in opposition to Donald Trump’s racist policy that has barred people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from travelling to the USA.
Trump has specified Syria to be the target of an indefinite ban. Ordinary people have limited ways to show their opposition, peaceful protest is one of the few. People felt strongly enough about Trump’s racism and Theresa May’s appeasement of him, to go out on a miserable night, with home-made placards and banners, with their children, to make a noise and to say No, not in my name. Locally our MP, Henry Bellingham, ridiculed protesters, calling our action futile and inappropriate. Yet this elected representative of the people, Sir Henry, considered that the reactions to the comments made by his colleague, an elected councillor, again, representing local people, to be kicking a person when they were down. He applies bizarre double standards towards the actions of people. One rule for those he represents, sit down and shut up. The other, to his fellow Tories, fox hunters and those who make comments of a sexual nature, which is to be judge them for their recent achievements and ignore anything bad they might have done.
I find it strange that he considers himself a suitable voice to represent ordinary people. Maybe it’s time he packed it all in and took up a new career, I understand Donald Trump is always looking for new ‘talent’.
Jo Rust, Gayton Road, Gaywood