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Another Debacle for May

Theresa May’s weak position just became even weaker [1]:

Theresa May will be forced to unveil a slimmed down and “humble” Queen’s Speech on Wednesday after failing to secure the support of the Democratic Unionist Party for her government.

Speaking ahead of the speech, May acknowledged that the election result was “not the one I hoped for,” but she promised to “respond with humility and resolve to the message the electorate sent.”

However, in a sign of growing disarray at the top of government, May will push ahead with her Queen’s Speech, despite having failed to secure the support of the DUP to vote for it.

It was hard to see how May would be able to do much of anything even with a partnership with the DUP, and if she can’t get their support her predicament is even worse. SkyNews’ Ireland correspondent David Blevins has described this failure as a “a quite extraordinary debacle,” but at this point debacles of this kind are becoming more and more ordinary under May’s leadership.

Katy Balls comments [2] on the content of the Queen’s Speech:

Today’s Queen’s Speech is notable not for what’s in it, but for what’s been left out. With no Tory majority and no agreement with the DUP, Theresa May has had to gut her 2017 Conservative Manifesto.

As Balls notes later on, the speech shows “May’s growing impotence.” The prime minister may still be in office for a little while, but she won’t be able to govern effectively.

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8 Comments To "Another Debacle for May"

#1 Comment By grumpy realist On June 21, 2017 @ 10:31 am

The DUP is supposedly asking for $4B in funding for various Northern Ireland projects, as price for their political support. That isn’t going over too well with a lot of the Tories, either.

#2 Comment By EliteCommInc. On June 21, 2017 @ 12:08 pm


it’s sad o hear that she won’t get the support from those most in line with her agenda.

No special election should have remained —

no special election.

#3 Comment By Just Dropping By On June 21, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

@ grumpy realist: Given their leverage, I’m surprised that the DUP isn’t demanding that the UK’s capital be relocated to Belfast.

#4 Comment By bronze surfer On June 21, 2017 @ 8:44 pm

Why the alliance with the DUP rather than the Liberal Democrats? To an American, they strike me as a bunch of backwoods snake handlers, with a heckler’s veto over the government and the power to make the Tories look like a bunch of bigots. I hope Ms May has plenty of flea powder.

#5 Comment By Will Kemp On June 21, 2017 @ 9:55 pm

@bronze surfer

Lib Dems campaigned on their unwillingness to go into coalition with the Tories. They’re fundamentally opposed to the approach May is taking on Brexit and it’s not in their interest electorally either. The last Con-Lib coalition cost them most of their presence in the House of Commons and they’re of the opinion they need time out of government to rebuild trust.

#6 Comment By Acilius On June 22, 2017 @ 12:32 am

I suspect DUP believe that the sooner the next election is held, the better chance they will have of keeping their seats. At the moment they are riding high, but if this parliament should last more than a year, it is hard to imagine that none of their leaders will have been caught with a hand in the till.

#7 Comment By Marat Hagopian On June 22, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

Lib Dems? These guys are so much further to the left than the Labour, particularly on social issues, immigration, and Europe. The last thing the Tories need now is to chain themselves to that sinking ship.

#8 Comment By Mike On June 23, 2017 @ 9:06 am

£2.5 billion and counting. That will buy a lot of leisure centres and swimming pools (all duplicated because of intervening ‘peace walls’) to keep tattooed former paramilitary thugs gainfully employed as lifeguards and trainers. Of course, since the UK has the Barnett Formula to divvy up (English) tax payer subventions to the ‘devolved regions’, the bills for the Scots and Welsh will have to be ‘recalibrated’ too.