It seems that Donald Trump may be genuinely concerned – even though we all know it won’t happen – that he could be barred from entering the UK.
The motion was forced onto the agenda after more than half a million people backed a petition, started by freelance journalist Suzanne Kelly, calling for the tycoon to be barred after he made comments calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.
Mr Trump owns the Turnberry golf course in South Ayrshire as well as Trump International Golf Links near Aberdeen, and in a statement the Trump Organisation said it had planned to invest more than £200m at Turnberry and a further £500m at the Aberdeenshire course.
However, in a toys-out-of-the-pram/blackmail attempt the organisation warned that:
Any action to restrict travel would force it to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom. Westminster would create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment.
Prime Minister David Cameron has previously labelled Mr Trump’s comments ‘stupid’ but said he did not support a ban, telling MPs the tycoon would ‘unite us all against him’ if he visited the UK.
Obviously he’s going to come to the UK, pathetic playground threats or not. What we should do is respond in a similarly childish way and do the thing where you just pretend he doesn’t exist. Ignore the bigoted, outspoken, strange-haired maniac.