We're all 'citizens of nowhere' now
Apparently Boris Johnson has swung in on a chandelier and rescued Olympian Mo Farah from Trump’s back-of-the-envelope travel ban.
‘Bojo in US win for MO’, says the Sun‘s front page (left shoulder).
Online it says:
“‘Bravo Bojo! Boris Johnson says NO dual nationality Brits will be hit by ‘Muslim ban’ unless they travel directly to US from one of the seven barred countries”
Over at the Telegraph, (where Johnson was until recently a £200,000 a year columnist), the front page reads: ‘Boris keeps US open to Britons’.
This is an odd way to report the UK government’s response to President Trump’s banning people from seven Muslim majority countries entering America, and his shelving a refugee programme.
Because the Prime Minister’s initial reaction was to shrug and say ‘Nothing to do with us, guv’, and it was only when public outrage grew that she did or said anything more.
But even then, it was only with the realisation this ban could affect MPs and Olympians – i.e. ‘the good Muslims’ – that our government saw fit to act, by asking that nice Mr Trump if British nationals could be exempt.
“If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere.”
As fortress Brexit shrinks around her, it looks like we’re all citizens of nowhere now.
Adam Barnett is staff writer for Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter @AdamBarnett13Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.