By Toby Horton
I want to introduce you to Professor Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt Malloch, the 64-year old Research Professor at Yale University School of Management and Chairman of the Roosevelt Group. He is a descendant of the original President Theodore Roosevelt and is now about to be appointed President Trump’s new Ambassador to the European Union.
America has a new President and the free world a new leader. I am an optimist about Donald Trump, believing that his canny Scots (MacLeod) forbears on his mother’s side will “trump” any German impetuousness from his father’s side.
But however you view him, nobody can deny that for a man who will be 71 in June he’s in terrific condition. And compared to our very own, wholly unique Jeremy Corbyn, 68 in May, you can see where the years have taken their toll, Now for the first time in countless years we have a US President who openly values and likes Britain. His first act on taking office was to restore Winston Churchill’s bust to the Oval Office.
And talking recently to Michael Gove he declared, “I think Brexit is going to end up being a great thing…I’m a big fan of the UK, we’re gonna work very hard to get it (a free trade deal) done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides…People, countries, want their own identity and the UK wanted its own identity…You look at the European Union and it’s Germany. Basically a vehicle for Germany. That’s why I thought the UK was so smart in getting out.”
Now America is Britain’s biggest single trading partner, accounting for 20% of our commerce with the rest of the world. It buys some £46 billion of British goods a year while 3 million Americans travel here every year, spending over £8 billion during their visits. So this endorsement from the new President is a miraculous sea-change from the dismal predictions of his “back of the queue” predecessor.
So today I want to introduce you to Professor Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt Malloch.
Having Ted Malloch on Britain’s side during our Brexit negotiations will strengthen our negotiators’ hand during the complex discussions that lie ahead. A devout Presbyterian, he has a degree from Aberdeen University and among his many publications are “Thrift: Rebirth of a Forgotten Virtue” (2009), “Doing Virtuous Business” (2011), “The End of Ethics” (2013) and “Davos, Aspen & Yale: My Life Behind the Elite Curtain as a Global Sherpa” (2016).
And the other day he said, “Europe…is adrift without a soul and evolving rapidly away from its moorings…America is now alone in defending freedom and upholding the tradition of faith and reason,” He went on, “The US isn’t part of Europe and doesn’t really have a say in that matter. But it does have a great interest, and its preference is moving towards an alliance for nation states in Europe rather than a transatlantic, multinational alliance.” With elections looming in Holland, France, Germany and possibly Italy, what Ted Malloch is saying is that America no longer wishes to support the EU’s old mantra of “ever-closer union”, but instead a Europe of independent nation states.
And Ted Malloch also believes that Brexit was the “tipping point” for the creation of a new Europe, which needs to take a “step back” from full union. This is immensely important, not just because he has been advising President Trump on the EU but also because it sets the tone for a reconstructed Continent where the will of the electorate prevails over the grandiose, crazy schemes of its so-called leaders. What we in UKIP have been saying for a generation now is finally coming to pass and the events of 2016 will be seen simply as precursors to yet more dramatic changes in 2017. In Ted Malloch, President Trump will recruit a thoughtful analyst of the ills of the Continent, a man with a strong moral compass who will be a vital ally for Britain as we embark on our Brexit adventure.
As one unnamed member of the Cabinet is reported as saying the other day, “Trump has come along like the tooth fairy – this is one massive, magnificent gift. It’s transformative.” With a true friend at last in the White House and a wise counsellor as his envoy in Brussels, supporting our own Brexit negotiations, Britain’s future is looking more secure by the day!