Theresa May went to great lengths to warn the nation of a ‘coalition of chaos’ with the potential of a leader linked with extremist groups – she just failed to clarify that it was herself that she was referring to. Her rallying around the support of the DUP in a so-called ‘confidence deal‘ is frankly a disgrace to the people of this country. She has lost all credibility. She must go.
May has chosen to continue as if nothing ever happened. She didn’t call an unnecessary election trying to turn this country into a one-party state, she didn’t run the worst, most hubristic poltical campaign in living history and alienate the public, and she didn’t lose her majority in the Commons. In her speech at the steps of Downing Street, she failed to acknowledge the fallout of the election, persisting with a business as usual approach, claiming the country needed certainty – despite the ironic elephant in the room, the blazingly obvious uncertainty her actions have caused.
Even those within her own party are plotting on how to get rid of May. She looks tired, lost and broken. She has lost all credibility as a leader and cannot be allowed to conduct the Brexit negotiations, she is too greater threat and a liability to this nation. She has become the joke of Europe and risks making us into a laughing stock in their eyes too. There is nothing certain, or credible about her stubbornly squatting in No. 10 when even the majority of her party do not believe she should remain.
Twice now in the last 18 months, the Tories have put party above country. Once, in calling an EU referendum in an attempt to placate eurosceptic backbenchers, now in calling this general election to gain a larger majority and “crush the saboteurs” and democratic opposition to her ruthless agenda. It’s time that the country was put first, and May refusing to accept the message that the electorate have delivered is further evidence of her arrogance and contempt for the people of this nation. She is even more out of touch and supercilious than most of us suspected.
Yes, her team of advisors and cabinet ministers are partially liable for the decisions that were taken during the campaign, but the buck stops with May. She gambled her position on the supposition that those who voted to leave the European Union would support her, and that the mud thrown at Jeremy Corbyn by her allies in the media would stick. But policy-wise she turned her back on the kind of blighted, resentful places with a high leave vote and also alienated those more liberally minded people who did not want a ‘hard Brexit’. The people saw right through her manifesto, with the proposal of her “dementia tax” being a fatalistic mistake. Her “strong and stable” mantra fell apart, and her withdrawal from debates only showed her to be cowardly – not what people come to expect when your main soundbite is one claiming that she was the only person that could be trusted to negotiate with 27 EU nations.
Mrs May still doesn’t get it. She seems to be in denial about the outcome of the election. She expects to continue as if nothing has happened, so desperate to retain power that she has agreed to be propped up by far-right anti same-sex marriage, anti-abortion, climate change deniers with links to extremist organisations – the sad irony.
It’s time to go Prime Minister, everyone has seen you for what you are. Even the right-wing press, who are now in disarray at the realisation that people have chosen to disobey who they were told to vote for, cannot save you. It might seem “bloody difficult” but please make oneself scarce, and shut the “strong and stable” door on your way out.
After seven years of austerity, crippling cuts to public services and a fall in real wages and living standards, the people of this nation want a better deal – Theresa May and her team failed to read the public mood, and show no signs of altering course in the future. Their agenda remains unchanged: the rich are to get richer, the poor to get poorer as our public services are further run into the ground.
Jeremy Corbyn gained momentum on the back of a call for urgent change within the way that this country is governed, really empowering the young who came out and voted in great numbers. He, and the Labour Party, must continue with this momentum and keep up the pressure on a weakened Tory government. They must press the point that the country needs a new social settlement, much as Clement Attlee did in 1945.
Corbyn may not have won the election, but he has re-written the rules of British Politics. This new wave of support for socialist principles and solutions to ills of society is not going away.
We need to reconsider our Brexit approach. I’m not suggesting we deny the result of the referendum, but acknowledge that faux imperialistic bravado and the threat of walking away and turning the UK into a tax haven will destroy people’s lives. One that works with the EU, not against it, and helps the economy rather than throwing it off the edge of a cliff.
Change is possible. We can elect the most radical Labour government since 1945, this election has proved that people are crying out for a fairer society – but to do so we need to continue to build the mass movement across the country that Jeremy Corbyn has started. Now is the time to fight harder than ever.