I don’t pretend to be a political analyst. Indeed, I’m often apolitical because I just don’t want to do politics. Nevertheless, I can list several things I dislike about US President Donald Trump, but that can be said of several other political figures, too. However, in the western democratic world, we have the right of free speech and the right to protest peacefully.
Enter the #TrumpBabyBlimp. This is a balloon that is today floating above Parliament Square in London, next door to Westminster Abbey, and a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament, to mark The Donald’s contentious visit to the UK. It has caused amusement, consternation and downright opposition as it humorously (depending on your persuasion) depicts Trump as a fat, orange, nappy-wearing baby – holding his ever-present mobile phone in preparation to Tweet!
One person against this was on Sky News this morning and she thought it embarrassing as it denigrates the office of the President of the United States, as Trump was fairly and democratically elected. Something that many feel he has managed to do all by himself several times over. However, as she said, you can respect the office and not respect the man at the same time.
Anyway, Parliament Square is the home of many of British history’s political figures in statue form.
Watching the Trump Baby Blimp from plinths below are former Prime Ministers Winston Churchill, David Lloyd George, Benjamin Disraeli and Sir Robert Peel.
You will also find the recent statue of suffragist Millicent Garrett Fawcett in Parliament Square, the last statue to be erected there earlier this year. (Read my post here.)
International politics is represented, too, with statues commemorating Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. Oh, and now the Trump Baby!
Political protest in this fashion is not a new thing. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, caricaturists George Cruikshank and James Gillray would mercilessly and cruelly mock the royal family in published print. I’m sure they would approve of the Trump Baby Blimp and what it represents to those who oppose this particular American President.