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Banana Republic

The disgusting behaviour of the US authorities over the death of a British motorcyclist bodes ill for any reasonable trade deal with them following the UK’s departure from the European Union. The refusal to send serial careless driver Anne Sacoolas  back to UK after she killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn when she drove down the wrong side of a Northamptonshire road shows  a contempt for Britain. The highly dubious, and apparently retrospective, diplomatic immunity claimed demonstrates that the UK is looked on as a Banana Republic of the most Banana kind. Here in Canada, we know all about the US attitude to extradition. It’s OK for the FBI to lie and produce perjured testimony to secure extradition – ask rights activist Leonard Peltier.  Chinese claims that the arrest in Canada on an American warrant of a Chinese telecom executive was more about trade disputes than criminal activity received a boost when President Donald Trump declared the executive would make a good bargaining chip. In the meantime, two Canadians rot in Chinese jails after being arrested in retaliation and Canadian exporters face successive trade sanctions. And Canadians know all about bullying and unequal US trade deals. If Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his Eton cronies think the US is going to play fair, then he and they are blind to numerous red flags flying proudly in the wind over Washington. 

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