SUCH fawning over the visit of an American president whose behaviour has put him more in the clown category than that of statesman. That he doesn’t appear to have come to the wrong country by mistake can be attributed to the glut of similar characters presently comprising the powers that be in Westminster.

The Donald doesn’t seem so out of place but should he set foot outside London it would be a different story. In Scotland he just wouldn’t blend in the same. Here in Holyrood the powers that be aren’t a circus act, but normal people having to battle to achieve self-government for their country.

The Americans should be thankful they had people like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson around when THEY were battling for their independence 250 years ago.

It is to be hoped more of them will think about this next year during the next presidential campaign.

Ian Johnstone