Letter #8

After Kristallnacht 2017, I felt moved to write to my MP. A small measure I know – but, at the minute I am protesting within my means. I also sent a Tweet to Trump – something I had not done before, but, felt I needed to do.

Well, I have written to Andrew Jones MP, in the interests of democracy I will publish his reply in the comments section.


Dear Mr Jones MP,

The reason I am writing to you is regarding the recent visit of our Prime Minister to the White House, Washington DC. In siding with Trump, May, the leader of your party has sided with hate. There are photographs of May holding Trumps hand, and by doing so, she is tacitly saying she does not have a problem with his behaviour.

This is morally corrupt. In recent changes to the National Curriculum, our schools now teach ‘British’ Values. One of these British Values is ‘mutual respect for the tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith’.

Where does this fit in with last night’s re-enactment of Kristallnacht? We cannot sit idly by as Trump tramples the rights of those with different faiths and beliefs.

I believe that it is the job of Great Britain and the current Government to stand up for the rights of the oppressed the world over. Unfortunately, due to recent legislation from Capitol Hill, the trampled and oppressed are now people with differing faiths from Trump & Pence’s Evangelical right-wing bigotry.

It is the job of Britain to stand up for our values and for the rights of Muslims here and all around the world.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew

2 Comments

  1. Here is the reply from Jones:
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    Dear Mr B________

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the state visit to the UK by President Trump.

    Let me begin by acknowledging the strength of feeling on the issue. This is proved by the number of signatures added to the petition on the Parliament website and also the number of letters I have received. There will be a debate in Parliament on 20 February about this issue.

    The Prime Minister has said Donald Trump’s past comments about women are unacceptable; comments for which he has subsequently apologised.

    She has also said the recent changes to US immigration policy would not be mirrored in our immigration policy. The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have said it is a controversial and divisive policy and it is wrong to stigmatise people on the basis of their nationality.

    The defence and intelligence cooperation between the United Kingdom and the United States is vital for our safety and security. Our intelligence services work more closely together than any other intelligence services in the world.

    We host heads of state regularly. We do not always agree with their domestic policies. But I do not therefore agree, that this can, in itself, be a bar to a state visit. I will, however watch the debate on 20 February with interest.

    We will say when we differ with the US. Many MPs were in the House of Commons to express their views during the extensive debate on the changes to US immigration policy on 30 January. We are not, and never will be, uncritical friends.

    Thank you again for taking time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,
    Andrew Jones MP

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