US/UK — Is The Special Relationship Under Siege?

Benedict Baron (Director General of MI5 / Michael Gambon ) — You’re going to read this and you’re going to think, “Hold on. The Americans are meant to be our allies.”

Johnny Worricker (MI5 analyst / Bill Nighy) — I’ve never suffered from that delusion.

Page Eight —  British political thriller (2011)

The Special Relationship is an unofficial term often used to describe the political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military, and historical relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. The term first came into popular usage after it was used in a 1946 speech by Winston Churchill. A comment from Churchill’s grandson caught my attention this weekend. Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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Donald Trump’s decision to miss an important memorial event on Saturday (November 10 2018) due to rain has attracted a fair amount of criticism in the US, but also in the UK.

Officially, Trump cancelled his scheduled visit to a US military cemetery because the bad weather grounded the presidential helicopter and security concerns in hastily arranging a motorcade for the two-hour drive east of Paris.

Sir Nicholas Soames — a grandson of the wartime British leader Sir Winston Churchill — tweeted that Mr Trump was not fit to represent the US and said that he was “pathetic [and] inadequate” for not defying the weather “to pay his respects to the fallen”.

“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic (and)inadequate Donald Trump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen. He is not fit to represent his great country.”

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood followed with a tweet of his own:

“Rain was a regular feature on the Western Front. Thankfully it did not prevent our brave heroes from doing their job.”

Although I do not know what actually happened, I find it hard to believe that there was no contingency plan. After all, bad weather is to be expected at this time of the year around Paris.

In the Paris rain, May 1961, JFK and de Gaulle honor The Fallen

Page Eight — “The Special Relationship” Scene

Plot — The MI5 analyst Johnny Worricker receives from his boss and his friend since they studied at Cambridge, the Director General of MI5 Benedict Baron, a top secret report also distributed to Jill Tankard and to the Home Secretary Anthea Catcheside.

They have an internal meeting and Johnny highlights that on page eight, it is informed that the Prime Minister Alec Beasley knows that the US Government is torturing prisoners in prisons around the world.

Baron cannot disclose his source, but if the information is correct, the Prime Minister has not informed the MI5. Meanwhile Johnny befriends his next door neighbor, the political activist Nancy Pierpan, whose brother was murdered by the Israeli army holding a white flag.

When Baron dies of heart attack at home with his wife, Johnny suspects that the death of his friend may not have been an accident. He also finds the file on Nancy’s brother. Now Johnny has to decide his next move.

REFERENCES

Armistice Day: Growing criticism of Trump WW1 no-show — BBC

Page Eight — Wikipedia

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US/UK — Is The Special Relationship Under Siege?

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