It attracted an unprecedented 1.8 million signatures, but apparently public opinion is only important when it aligns with government policy.
The government announced this morning it has rejected the petition to honour Donald Trump with a state visit to Britain.
Not only that, Theresa May’s team is going out to its way to help him get a nicer reception here. One idea: move the location of the visit so he avoids areas like London.
A second idea mooted by Trump’s team: bringing American cheerleaders!
In a response posted to the petition today, the government stated:
HM Government believes the President of the United States should be extended the full courtesy of a State Visit. We look forward to welcoming President Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised.
We look forward to the dates too.
It’s going to be one hell of a protest party