Inflated Expectations

A week or two before Donald Trump visited the UK, some people decided to make a balloon caricaturing him as a baby which they promised would soar over London:

Looks impressive, eh? And it should be given it cost just shy of £18,000. It was actually pretty well designed:

Regardless of what you think of Trump or the protest, it is quite a good caricature and I found it funny. However, having been promised this:

We got this:

As one American put it:

Somewhere in Britain there’s a balloon manufacturer who’s just fleeced a load of dumb lefties out of eighteen grand. A lot of people also recalled this part of the story:

The “Trump baby” balloon is due to fly on the Friday morning, after campaigners raised £16,000 to pay for it and the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, gave permission for it to fly. “The mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms,” a spokesman for Khan said.

One can understand permission might be required from a city mayor to fly something the size of a WWII barrage balloon at a thousand feet. But a balloon the size of a transit van at twenty feet? A free people, indeed.

For a protest, it seems to have been lame even by lefty standards. Here’s what the organiser had to say:

Leo Murray, an environmental campaigner behind the balloon stunt, said the protest was intended to play on Trump’s psychology. “He’s a deeply insecure man, and that is the only leverage we have over him. If we want his attention, we have to do something that humiliates him.”

The idea that a billionaire who cut his teeth in New York real estate, lives in a skyscraper with his name on, and has married two supermodels is insecure is rather fanciful. They’re so used to craven, grovelling politicians they’ve mistaken Trump’s ability to answer back and stand up for himself as insecurity. I doubt Trump paid much attention to the balloon, and if he did react it would come in the form of trolling which would have the likes of Leo Murray foaming at the mouth. After all, would anyone sane take this seriously?

Somehow, the people behind this stunt believe it humiliates Trump.

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13 thoughts on “Inflated Expectations

  1. I love how the Beeb and other outlets manage to avoid the absolute freak show that is left wing rent a mob.

    i saw footage and there were lots of tranny freakshows, people turning up in bikini’s desperately trying to get attention.

    SAD!

    The balloon I assume made some one a nice bit of coin, ultimately it utterly discredits the protesters. It also makes me wonder about S Khan he major to get roped into appearing to support the balloon like it would be an event, a smarter man would have distanced themself.

  2. It also makes me wonder about S Khan he major to get roped into appearing to support the balloon like it would be an event, a smarter man would have distanced themself.

    Exactly.

  3. Contrast that with the surprise fly by of a protester in Turnberry, that was a pretty cool maneuver I thought and i understand that they haven’t nabbed the perpetrator yet.

  4. This Murray character is another champers socialist with 1.5 mil London townhouse.

    Piss on them all.

  5. Somewhere in Britain there’s a balloon manufacturer who’s just fleeced a load of dumb lefties out of eighteen grand

    Seems more likely that Leo Murray and a few “activist” friends pocketed the difference.

  6. Seems more likely that Leo Murray and a few “activist” friends pocketed the difference.

    I dunno, I’d expect the balloon manufacturers to be more commercially savvy than some lefty environmentalist.

  7. Contrast that with the surprise fly by of a protester in Turnberry, that was a pretty cool maneuver I thought and i understand that they haven’t nabbed the perpetrator yet.

    Having just watched it I’m amazed he wasn’t shot out of the sky.

  8. And yet everything I saw on the news made it seem like these protests were the biggest since 2003.

    Holy shit, maybe those Iraq protests weren’t that big either? I don’t know what to believe!

  9. I dunno, I’d expect the balloon manufacturers to be more commercially savvy than some lefty environmentalist.

    Haha. My thought was that balloon salesmen are probably more ethical than evnviro nut activists.

  10. I’d expect the balloon manufacturers to be more commercially savvy than some lefty environmentalist

    I don’t know, there’s always some who end up in the dachas….

    Can’t wait for the giant Sadiq Khan balloon get permission to fly.

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