by J.Krishna Moorthi:
Last week, a small group of protesters disrupted a speech being given by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to the Fabian Society, a think tank promoting democratic socialism, until police were called in and finally intervened.
One of the protesters carried an American flag with an anti-EU banner. “We want Brexit and we want Trump,” shouted one man, as he was escorted out of the hall. The protesters claimed to be members of a group called the White Pendragons, which, according to their social media profile, want to “take our country back.”
The incident received limited attention, and Khan himself laughed off the incident as a distraction caused by “what some would call stable geniuses,” a clear reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense of himself, following the publication of Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.
The protesters’ actions came just days after Khan, long a vocal critic and target of President Trump, spoke out against the President, following his decision not to visit London.
“It appears that President Trump got the message from Londoners who love and admire America and Americans, but find his polices and actions the polar opposite of our city’s values of inclusion, diversity, and tolerance,” he said.
Khan is also a strong critic of the British government’s approach to Brexit, and he campaigns to remain in the single market.
Independence Party Leader and Brexit campaigners joined Trump at a rally in Mississippi to bring what he described as a “message of hope,” drawing parallels between the two campaigns.
“It is going to be Brexit, plus, plus, plus,” Trump declared just days before his surprise triumph over Hillary Clinton on November 8.