Donald Trump is in town and Boris Johnson is doing about everything he can to dodge being seen with his guest but usually, Prime Ministers embrace the opportunity to be photographed beside the US President as a method of polishing their credentials as a world statesman or woman.
Boris Johnson isn’t even holding a one to one meeting with Donald Trump, who flew in for the NATO summit, for concern the association will play badly with voters and the Conservatives are also worried the unpredictable American leader will use an interview or one of his Twitter harangues to either attack Jeremy Corbyn, which would be seen as a badge of honour for the Labour leader, or fuel the row about US firms eyeing up the NHS.
But if the Tories are so afraid of the President’s behaviour it hardly permeates you with confidence in their capacity to achieve a post-Brexit trade deal with the US and if he can’t be trusted to keep silent for two days how can he be trusted to act in our interests on a more substantive matter?
Jeremy Corbyn is naturally attempting to utilise the visit to his maximum advantage and has been goading Donald Trump by writing to him directly to demand the NHS is kept off the table in any post-Brexit deal but will the toddler in chief be able to resist hitting back?
This will be the week when the main political parties start to panic because the Conservatives will be worried their lead is going to be whittled away and Labour is worried the surge has come too late and if we’re to believe the polls, then the pressure has already started to happen.
A Tory lead of double figures is now down to between seven to nine points and if Labour can continue to coax Lib Dem voters to vote tactically and its previous voters to come back to the fold then we could be in hung parliament territory.
Many have said it feels a lot like 1992 when they believed they would ultimately end thirteen years of Tory rule only for John Major to snatch victory.
The mood on the ground is far from optimistic with competitors and canvassers saying that Jeremy Corbyn remains the biggest obstacle to persuading people to vote Labour because they don’t like him and they don’t trust him but others were somewhat more positive, saying that former Labour voters were more inclined to sit on their hands than put Boris Johnson in No 10.
But there are groans the leadership is targeting resources at seats being contested by candidates loyal to Jeremy Corbyn rather than swing constituencies and eyebrows have been raised at the decision to field Rebecca Long-Baily and Richard Burgon, both allies of Jeremy Corbyn, in the seven-way television debates rather than more skilled players such as Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner or Jonathan Ashworth.
Rebecca Long-Bailey did well but the decision to give her such a prominent stage has stoked speculation the Labour leadership is more occupied in succession planning than election-winning.
To be fair to Jeremy Corbyn there was a comparable feeling of melancholy in 2017 and the media, by and large, failed to pick up on his surge right up until polling day.
Labour has a good retail offer on the doorstep and a great campaign foundation, however, the Tories have fewer grassroots followers and a single offer to get Brexit done, that’s insidious and limited in its popularity and it would be ironic if Boris Johnson, who came to power by pledging to be the antidote to Theresa May’s caution, came unstuck because he ran a safety-first and uninspired campaign.
But Boris Johnson runs scared of everything he believes might make him look corrupt and Boris Johnson seems to be lying to everyone as so does Donald Trump and these savages must be seen off out of public office because they’re not fit to lead anyone and yet they’re both leaders, how did this happen?
Boris Johnson is just a grade-A jelly roll and a serial liar who will do anything to get and keep himself in power, not because he has any special ability for anything other than seeking his self-promotion and because he believes he has the God-given right to rule, even though he’s as dense as mincemeat and twice as fatty and Russian money dominates him.
And now suddenly we appear to need America, why, they’ve managed to drag us into wars which we had no grounds to join but it’s hilarious, this government can finance those wars but can’t stop Food banks, homelessness and services have been cut and we’ve never actually needed America before but they seem to get us involved when it accommodates them.
And anyone who trusts Donald Trump is a nincompoop and suffers from incurable madness but then the same goes for Boris Johnson and now Donald Trump is saying he wouldn’t touch our NHS with a bargepole and he further said that he wanted to stay out of the UK election during his appointment to the United Kingdom.
But then Donald Trump wouldn’t want a socialised NHS because it’s not profitable but then he would love to get the green light to de-socialise our NHS so that he could make it profit-making and to make it a lean, mean money-making machine.
And how do we know if the process isn’t already on its way and that Boris Johnson hasn’t asked Donald Trump to dismiss it before the election? And Brexit will destroy our country because it’s only for the people who are already rich.