Step too far for Mrs May

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – By par­tic­i­pat­ing in the strike on Syria,

Theresa May has placed our forces under the ef­fec­tive con­trol of an er­ratic US pres­i­dent.

She jus­ti­fies her ac­tions with the pre­demo­cratic doc­trine of Royal Pre­rog­a­tive.

Yet it’s only le­git­i­mate for a prime min­is­ter to act with­out par­lia­men­tary en­dorse­ment when Britain is di­rectly threat­ened, and this was man­i­festly not the case in re­gard to the Syria strikes.

For Theresa May to par­tic­i­pate in this act of puerile mil­i­taris­tic machismo was an abuse of her of­fice.

Trump’s in­fan­tile tweet, taunt­ing Rus­sia to “get ready” for his mis­siles be­cause “they will be com­ing, nice and new and smart” was al­most be­yond be­lief.

For the de facto leader of the West to talk like Joe Pesci in “Good­fel­las” not only brings the Amer­i­can demo­cratic process into ques­tion, but un­der­mines the en­tire post-war geopo­lit­i­cal set­tle­ment which was premised on law and rules-based in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions. Rev Dr John Cameron. 10 Howard Place, St An­drews.

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