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Donald Trump’s visit could be just the unifying moment Britain needs

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12.07.2018

Sorry, Britain. For the past quarter-century you’ve been my home and, while I think of America as my family, I think of you as my best friend. You’re the flatmate whose music I frequently borrow and whose accent I still find utterly adorable. And what do I give you in return? The absolute worst member of my family as a house guest.

Every family has an embarrassing relative: a racist uncle, a mean aunt, an idiotic brother-in-law. All of mine are combined in one orange person coming over, and he’ll clog up our pipes with his extraordinarily long strands of (totally real) hair, and his weird friends Nigel and Piers will be on TV constantly, hoping he asks them over to play. (Well, those guys are on you so we’re all a little to blame here.)

It was so different last time, when cool Uncle Barack came over. Everyone wanted to hang out with him, whereas this time the US embassy has issued a statement advising Americans in London to “keep a low profile” during Donald Trump’s visit, which says more about the inflammatory and divisive feelings that Trump and his government engender than British people’s actual feelings towards Americans. You have to admire the embassy’s move here, seemingly designed to assuage Trump’s ego: “Oh no, Mr President, they’re not protesting against you - they’re protesting against all Americans!” Still, it does........

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