John Bercow, the speaker of the UK house of Commons doesn’t want Donald Trump to address parliament.
In the past Bercow has had North Korea and Vietnam round to tea. Human Rights Watch says “Vietnam’s human rights record remains dire in all areas”, with no democracy and routine use of torture by the police. Human Rights Watch says “North Korea remains among the world’s most repressive countries. All basic freedoms have been severely restricted”.
Bercow has also welcomed the Emir of Kuwait and ignored human rights problems there.
Bercow welcomed President Susilo Yudhoyono of Indonesia to address parliament. Human Rights Watch says President Yudhoyono “left behind a toxic legacy of rising religious intolerance and related violence”, condemning “the Yudhoyono government’s sorry record” on human rights. Yudhoyono’s feared police force was “actively complicit in incidents of harassment, intimidation or violence against religious minorities”. His government was complicit in the “violation of the rights and freedoms of the country’s religious minorities”.
Bercow welcomed Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam to speak to parliament. Male homosexuality is illegal in Singapore. Human Rights Watch has condemned President Tan’s record on “limiting rights to freedom of expression, assembly, and association using overly broad legal provisions on security, public order, morality, and racial and religious harmony”.
In October 2015 Bercow told China’s President Xi Jinping it was “my pleasure” to have him to address parliament. China is an authoritarian state, according to Human Rights Watch its government “systematically curtails a wide range of fundamental human rights, including freedom of expression, association, assembly, and religion”.
Donald Trump hasn’t been accused of anything as bad as detailed above so what on earth is Bercows problem?
What a sad little man John Bercow is.