Brexiteers can put the Biden airship back in its crate. On the eve of the G7, the President withdrew an official reprimand against Great Britain for the so-called “sausage war” with the European Union.
That’s if he knew anything about it at all. America’s national security adviser denied that any alleged “demarche” – speaking diplo for a quiet word in your clamshell – was waived on the orders of the President.
Jack Sullivan said Biden has no intention of becoming “adversarial” with Boris Johnson in discussing Northern Ireland.
The story was likely published by an over-enthusiastic White House adviser and picked up by the Boys In The Bubble to create a bitter bankruptcy on the eve of the summit.
If the White House stops thinking about it, it will realize that the EU is the aggressor here, trying to separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK
It didn’t make sense. Why would Biden, who did a great sing-and-dance about reintegration into the rest of the world after the isolationism of the Trump years, want to argue with America’s top NATO ally over a ridiculous semi-domestic sausage dispute? ?
The only ones who become hostile here are the Brussels bureaucrats, who use every little thing as a weapon to punish us for Brexit.
Actually, I wish I hadn’t written that. It will only get ideas into their heads. Given that they are trying to stop us from sending British bangers to Bangor, how long will it be before we get into an all-out sherry trifle war?
This storm in a frying pan was supposed to be hilarious and reminiscent of the classic episode of Yes, Minister, in which Sir Humphrey told Jim Hacker that the Great British Banger was to be renamed “Emulsified Hi-Fat Offal Tube” by order of Brussels. . If it weren’t so serious.
It doesn’t matter, the frying pan is trying to start a forest fire along the Irish border by banning the transport of chilled meat from the mainland to the provinces.
In doing so, they are destabilizing the decentralized assembly in Stormont and deliberately provoking the loyalists in Northern Ireland. Shamefully, they have tried to pull the new US president to a summit that is supposed to spread peace, harmony and free trade and plan a course out of the Covid pandemic.
It doesn’t matter, the frying pan is trying to start a forest fire along the Irish border by banning the transport of chilled meat from the mainland to the provinces. EU officials arrive at Cornwall Airport
Okay, a loophole in the Brexit protocol – which slipped under the radar when the appalling Theresa May did her best to sign a surrender treaty – gives the EU an opportunity to do mischief.
But this is not about food safety standards, it is about submission to force Boris to bend down on Brussels while the EU annexes Northern Ireland.
Of course, Biden is concerned about upholding the Good Friday Agreement. Who isn’t, aside from a few Republican and Loyalist hardliners?
But the only party currently causing a breach of peace is the EU. No one in Westminster, nor in Stormont, circulates horror stories about the definition of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Why should someone go to the wall for sausages and chicken nuggets – or start a war over again?
With good will on both sides, this could have been resolved in an Irish Heartbeat (© Van Morrison and The Chieftains). But there is no goodwill, just intransigence and aggression from Brussels.
As for Boris’ bad behavior, don’t forget that the first attempt to tear the log up was when the EU threatened to stop exporting life-threatening Covid vaccines to the UK.
Plus, spitting over sausages really fades to insignificance. Aside from the fine print, the UK has yet to deviate from EU food safety standards. So what’s the problem?
Someone should remind Biden that it is EU food regulations that have partially prevented the US from signing a proper transatlantic free trade agreement.
Every time a duty-free deal is discussed, the usual suspects begin scare tactics about chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef imports from America flooding the market and causing a Covid-style food poisoning pandemic.
If the White House stops thinking about it, it will realize that the EU is the aggressor here, trying to separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.
The new DUP boss Edwin Poots has rightly compared it to the US state of Alaska, which is being forced to remove its laws from Canada.
If Biden tends to look at Ireland through emerald glasses, it is not because of senility – as some angry Brexiteers have suggested – but entirely because of sentimentality.
When asked about his allegiances by the BBC, Biden did not hesitate to reply, “I am Irish.” It comes from generations of Americans who clung to their ancestral roots.
Everyone who has been to the USA on St. Patrick’s Day knows the exaggerated celebrations, the shamrocks, the green beer. In Boston they even color the river green.
But this is a Disneyified Finnegans wake view of the world that tends to see Ireland from a fiddly Free State perspective and ignore the sensibility of those in the north who still pride themselves on being British red, white and blue.
It also overlooks the fact that there are as many Irish-Americans of Northern Irish and Scottish Protestant descent as there are Catholics. Demographic development is also changing dramatically.
At the last US census, only 34.7 million Americans claimed Irish ancestry, up from 40.2 million in 1980.
No one doubts Biden’s sincerity to want to keep the peace in Ireland. But if that’s his goal, he should twist the arms of the EU and tell them to grow up, stop playing stupid citizens and accept that Brexit is a done deal.
Most of the Americans I have spoken to, committed to the sacred ideal of national sovereignty and self-determination, have been ardent supporters of Britain’s regain independence.
The G7 summit is a unique opportunity for Boris to sell Biden his vision of a permissive global UK as a staunch economic and military ally of the US, no longer hampered by a protectionist EU superstate.
Big issues need to be resolved here, from initiating a post-Covid recovery to promoting international trade to fighting expansionist China and rogue terrorist states.
The summit should not be derailed by irritable EU troublemakers who are fueling church political problems, destabilizing Northern Ireland and trying to start a ruinous and completely unnecessary trade war over sausages.
Now This is a beast from Bodmin!
There has always been something absurd about the security overkill surrounding the US President’s overseas visits. Miles of motorcades of cars may not look out of place in Washington, but 17 oversized black SUVs steaming on the A30 in Cornwall are absolutely out of place.
I’ve heard of the Bodmin Beast, but that’s ridiculous.
Biden’s convoy reminded me of Clarkson and the Top Gear team driving a huge Ford 150 pickup truck through the Cotswolds and getting stuck every 50 yards.
I also remember Frank Warren from boxing telling me that his American co-organizer, Don King, bought him a Humvee as a thank you after helping organize a successful world championship fight.
This massive military vehicle was the first to arrive in the UK after it gained popularity during the first Gulf War. King presented it to him at a Park Lane hotel and Warren had to drive it to Hertfordshire.
As he walked the narrow streets of north London, Frank thought he could hear clapping everywhere. Only later did he realize that it wasn’t applause, but the sound of exterior mirrors being torn off from parked cars.
Biden’s convoy reminded me of Clarkson and the Top Gear team driving a huge Ford 150 pickup truck through the Cotswolds and getting stuck every 50 yards
Meanwhile, the Ring of Steel around the summit resembles the Green Zone in Baghdad. They are prepared for all sorts of terrorist attacks on land, sea and in the air.
But I wonder if nature might have other ideas. The plane carrying the Washington Press Pack – America’s Boys In The Bubble – was held up for several hours by a flock of cicadas, described as a superfamily of flying insects.
Meanwhile, our native seagulls sharpen their beaks. As recently as this week, the Air Force reported that seagulls have stopped attacking small drones and are now targeting the RAF Fairford stealth bomber fleet near Swindon.
If stealth bombers are threatened, what chance does the presidential helicopter Marine One have against the seagulls of Cornwall’s Carbis Bay!