In many senses the visit that begins officially tomorrow is simply one more bit of icing on a very unpleasant cake that began to be baked early in 2016 when an EU referendum that was poorly prepared for was announced, and instead of sticking to the legal and democratic position that such referenda are guidance and advisory to Governments the stupid Prime Minister and his team promoted it as a final and statutory decision which would then be adopted completely by his Government. Even Nigel Farage made it clear prior to the vote that if it was as close as 48/52 it would not resolve matters and it would need to be repeated. Of course no doubt he was referring to 48 say leave and 52 say remain. As soon as the result was announced as 52/48 he left behind his earlier judgement. The same was true for the likes of Redwood, Davis and Rees-Mogg who had all called for a two referendum approach to be adopted so that the indication of what the future looked like would be advised by the public and they all then chose to disconnect from their guidance as soon as the first and indicative vote had been taken. As for Cameron he left and yet May who took over his role and who was not bound to adopt his previous judgement did so. So here we are almost exactly three years to the day since that vote and because of the importance of celebrating the success of D Day after 75 years the President of the USA is coming for a State visit. Yet such a decision has become almost as controversial as our departure from the EU for many millions of people. Indeed Donald is now calling for us to leave the EU without a deal (which will leave us outside of trade arrangements with 87 nations) so that when he and his colleagues throw some ideas at us to establish a trade deal with the USA, that our desperation for a deal with another nation will place us in a very vulnerable place for his negotiators.
Irrespective of which side of the arguments people in our nation are on, the fact that we need to find a way of uniting the nation is very clear. To keep on referring to 52% of the voters three years ago as being the deciders is deeply damaging, particularly as we are a nation with some 67m people and so 17.4m people is approximately one quarter of the population, however one looks at that process.