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It’s Time for May to Go

Theresa May’s party conference speech was marred [1] by a prankster who somehow managed to get past security and delivered her a mock termination form:

A prankster invaded Theresa May’s conference speech, handing her a P45 form, joking that it was on the instruction of Boris Johnson.

He said “Boris asked me to give you this” as he managed to make his way to the front of the room and give it to her.

The prank has been described as a “massive security breach” as he managed to get within arm’s length of the Prime Minister.

The episode was certainly embarrassing for May, and luckily the security breach wasn’t anything worse than a prank played at her expense. May’s bigger problem is that it highlights her obvious political weakness in a party that also seems exhausted [2] and bereft of any ideas, and it calls attention to the divisions that have opened up inside the government over “Brexit” and the ambitions of her would-be successors. In an article written before the speech, Isabel Hardman posed [2] a question:

Can Theresa May change the narrative of a failing government with a nervous leader? Her big speech tomorrow needs to show that she has more fuel in the tank than the Labour government did as it ground towards its demise.

The speech didn’t show that, but then no speech could have. This isn’t a “narrative” that can be changed with rhetoric, but a political reality that the prime minister keeps trying to deny. May should have already resigned before now, and now it is really time for her party to get her to do that or find someone to replace her.

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#1 Comment By Dan Green On October 4, 2017 @ 10:52 am

Our Brit friends remind me of our circumstance. Running out of capable leadership.

#2 Comment By rayray On October 4, 2017 @ 11:17 am

Agreed that May is a disaster but I’m not sure who is going to do much better.

Brexit was a straight up stupid idea and it’s going to take a brilliant politician, economist and tactician to find a way through it that minimizes the negative impact on the UK.

It’s also going to take a politician who is not politically, emotionally, or ideologically invested in Brexit to get it done. And further, whoever does it, no matter what the political affiliation, will be tarred with the effects so…who capable of it wants to volunteer?

I’m not seeing anyone on the horizon who could do it, but maybe the more UK-savvy commentators here might have an idea…

#3 Comment By JK On October 4, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

May can’t quit because other Tories are too scared to take the job. They fled like mice after May’s predecessor (whose name escapes me) quit. All other strong politicians in the UK are from other parties – Corbin, The UKIP guy that keeps showing up around Trump and Nicola Sturgeon.

#4 Comment By Rossbach On October 4, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

Her party doesn’t stand for anything except staying in power. That is it’s principal weakness. It doesn’t represent a real alternative to the Marxist Labour Party, and everyone knows it.

#5 Comment By Thaomas On October 4, 2017 @ 9:28 pm

What the Tory party needs in not a new narrative, but a new policy, to negotiate an agreement with the EU that preservers as much freedom of movement of goods, services and peoples as possible at as low a cost as possible. Inevitably the cost will be higher than not withdrawing, but mistakes have consequences.

#6 Comment By JonF On October 5, 2017 @ 12:19 pm

Re: Our Brit friends remind me of our circumstance. Running out of capable leadership.

The US has not run out of capable leaders. Our problem is we have a significant minority of the electorate that does not want leadership, but wants political theater instead.

#7 Comment By KS On October 5, 2017 @ 12:42 pm

@Thaomas, what the british want is plenty of freedom of movement of goods and services, but definitely not movement of people, at least not movement of non british people into britain. How are they going to negotiate this?

To be fair there was a huge influx of people esp from eastern europe into britain. More people wanted to shift to london than warsaw. Letting in the eastern european countries just like that was a mistake. The EU is extremely corrupt.

However what the British really want is to have the empire back so they can have a captive market of colonies they can tax and dump their goods on and also have complete control of who goes where.

This they are not going to get and they are also not going to get some sweetheart deal where they get the trade agreements without people movement.

What they should do is just eat it. Accept the higher tariffs and cost to business with no free movement of people, write off the losses and get on with it.

#8 Comment By sherparick On October 5, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

Maybe they can ask Peter Capaldi to come in and do a cameo and send Theresa May on her way as he did with Nicola Murray: [3]