In news that would only seem normal in 2018, a giant 'baby Trump' balloon could fly over London during the US president’s UK visit next month.
Activist Leo Murray launched a crowd funding campaign to fly a huge inflatable model of Trump depicted as a nappy-wearing baby over London. He wrote:
Donald Trump is a big, angry baby with a fragile ego.
He's also racist demagogue who is a danger to women, immigrants and minorities and a mortal threat to world peace and the very future of life on earth. Moral outrage is water off a duck’s back to Trump. But he really seems to hate it when people make fun of him.
So when Trump visits the UK on Friday the 13th of July this year, we want to make sure he knows that all of Britain is looking down on him and laughing at him.
Of course, given the disdain for the president felt by so many in the UK, the crowd funder smashed its £5,000 target in a matter of days. So far it has raised £12,000.
At six ft by six ft, this balloon would be almost impossible to miss. If you don’t think the balloon sounds very big, here’s some images to put it into scale.
But, like all great plans, there’s a catch. The group need the mayor of London's permission to be able to fly the balloon from Parliament Square - and Sadiq Khan’s team at City Hall have informed them that flying Trump Baby does not qualify as a “protest”.
According to the mayor of London’s offices, the only form of protest that is legally allowable on their land is "a gathering of people, with banners and placards".
Describing this ban as a derision of freedom of speech, the group have set up an online petition for those who feel strongly that baby Trump should still be allowed to fly.
Plenty of Twitter users agree that the ban is unfair.
Whereas others feel that Trump will simply enjoy the attention.