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To hope more Councils do this?

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ConnieCathyBonnie Thu 02-Feb-17 18:54:50

Gateshead Council has passed a motion saying they won't take part or contribute any money to Donald Trump'a state visit. I know it's unlikely he'd be going that far north anyway but AIBU to think this is the sort of message that needs to be sent out loud and clear from all our elected representatives?

Here's the link for anyone who'd like to read the motion

https://www.facebook.com/gatesheadlabourcouncillors/posts/730430067139227:0

ConnieCathyBonnie Thu 02-Feb-17 18:55:31

Argh I don't know how to make the link clicky.

DirtyBlonde Thu 02-Feb-17 18:59:07

I thought local councils were recipients of central govt funds, not donors?

Bantanddec Thu 02-Feb-17 19:03:15

Local councils don't give money to the government!!

DJKKSlider Thu 02-Feb-17 19:03:18

I would imagine the state visit would be paid for from general taxation?.

RaisinsAndApple Thu 02-Feb-17 19:05:04

Presumably the council know that they would be expected to contribute in some way were he to decide to go to Gateshead... or they wouldn't have bothered making the gesture

Gartenzwerg Thu 02-Feb-17 19:05:49

Virtue signalling everywhere. It's exhausting.

nottinghamgal Thu 02-Feb-17 19:07:09

What a total waste of time. Our local council do things like this when they should focus on local issues.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 02-Feb-17 19:09:11

YABU. He is the democratically elected president of the USA. This is all getting stupid.

ConnieCathyBonnie Thu 02-Feb-17 19:13:58

I think the Council must be expected to contribute to road closures and things like that if he was to visit or pass through the area. I'm not sure though.

StealthPolarBear Thu 02-Feb-17 19:15:07

Hrs not going to visit Gateshead!

ConnieCathyBonnie Thu 02-Feb-17 19:34:39

I think they'll know that. It's a show of solidarity to their residents who are affected by Trump'a racism.

BadKnee Thu 02-Feb-17 20:17:44

Sorry but this is ridiculous. He is the elected Head of State of a country that is our ally and partner in NATO.

If people really cared they would stop eating KFC and McDonalds and they would boycott American music or films to make the point - but that takes a bit more effort than virtue signalling.

(Gateshead? Really? Did the Obamas go to Gateshead then?)

Tell you what I won't serve Trump any tea if he visits my house! So there!

NotStoppedAllDay Thu 02-Feb-17 20:56:30

I also agree it ridiculous

MrGrumpy01 Thu 02-Feb-17 20:57:38

Bush went to Sedgefield, but Tony Blair was PM at the time.

Rainmaker1 Thu 02-Feb-17 20:59:26

He's not going to be missing out on much is he!

JamieXeed74 Thu 02-Feb-17 21:02:01

Councils are elected to run councils not the whole countries foreign policy. FFS virtue signalling on a massive scale.

Twogoats Thu 02-Feb-17 21:02:12

Oh dear... Cutting off their nose to spite their face!

I live near Gateshead, there's no chance they'd take Trump there.

Plus, if he did go, I think he'd get more support than people realise...

NotStoppedAllDay Thu 02-Feb-17 21:27:28

That link is hilarious.... all the people of Gateshead are saying they don't support it at all and weren't even asked!

That council will end up being a laughing stock

DJKKSlider Thu 02-Feb-17 22:02:10

I'd imagine that if you wanted Trump to change his ways you'd threaten to take him to Gateshead... grin

StealthPolarBear Thu 02-Feb-17 22:20:27

Oi grin
ah he has links to Scotland, maybe he does pass through on his way. It's a good thing we don't have that wall any more.

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