The Witch and Mr Toad at the G-20
In reality this was not the G-20 meeting of former years but the G-19 sabotaged by Trump. On his way to the G-20, Mr Toad (aka President Donald Trump) made a brief visit to Poland. The Atlantic has this: “The Racial and Religious Paranoia of Trump’s Warsaw Speech.”
The Washington Post has this: “Trump affirms the Polish government’s assault on democracy”
Both articles are worth reading because they throw much light on Trump’s “alt-right” approach to international relations.
The Atlantic also has this about the G-20 meeting itself: “Merkel’s Impossible Role at the G20 Summit“.
The Observer has this: “‘Face like thunder’: how the mood soured at Donald Trump’s first G-20 – Anger at US president rejection of Paris climate accord and clashes over Washington’s stance on trade made for a fractious meeting“.
The Sunday Telegraph has this: “Theresa May plays G-20 Trump card in attempt to quell Tory rebellion“.
The Sunday Times reports (from behind a paywall) “Donald Trump throws Theresa May a lifeline with trade deal – Remainers plot to sabotage Repeal Bill (£).” Key points:-
- Theresa May claimed last night that plans for a trade deal with America had put Brexit back on track and she also said that China, Japan and India also wanted to do deals.
- Anti-Brexit MPs and peers said they would try to derail the “Great Repeal Bill”, to be published this Thursday.
However, The Independent has this: “UK trade deal with the US will not make up for the damage caused by Brexit, Justice Secretary David Lidington says – Admission comes hours after Donald Trump said ‘very, big big’ UK-US trade deal would be completed ‘very, very quickly’“.
Will The Wicked Witch Survive?
The Sunday Times also has (behind its paywall) an op-ed by Adam Bolton: “Rivals keep May on life support rather than risk being snuffed out by voters (£)”
The Evening Standard has this: “Pressure mounts on Theresa May after former chief whip’s ‘she’s dead in the water’ claim“.
The Independent has this op-ed by John Rentoul: “The Cabinet is going to split over Brexit – and no one can predict what happens after that – How Brexit may never really happen: we could just move from half in to half out“.
The Observer has this: “German industry warns UK not to expect help in Brexit negotiations – Bosses say the priority is to protect the single market, dashing hopes that exporters will put pressure on Merkel for a favourable trade deal“.
also this op-ed by Nick Cohen “One by one, Brexit’s ‘salvations’ are seen to be illusory – All the pre-referendum claims made for our future trading position within Europe are now exposed as so much hot air”
In a memoir published in 1949 Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen, a former British Ambassador to China, mentions that before he left England for China in 1936, a friend told him of a Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times“.
May is living in interesting times