By Euro Weekly News Media • 11 July 2016 • 16:41
BREXIT MEANS BREXIT: Theresa May was once again unequivocal on the issue during her leadership speech.
DAVID CAMERON produced a moment of comedy gold after announcing that he will step down as Prime Minister on Wednesday, July 13, when he left his microphone on and was heard to be humming a sorrowful “doo, doo, doo, doo,” while he ambled back to Number 10, before emitting a purposeful “Right…Good,” as the door closed behind him.
The gaffe provided a rare light-hearted moment in the UK’s ongoing political shables, with Theresa May now set to be unveiled as Prime Minister after Andrea Leadsom had earlier pulled out of the Tory leadership race, with her campaign manager, Tim Loughton, claiming that she was the victim of a dirty tricks campaign spearheaded by both politicians and journalists.
In a brief statement, the hapless Cameron confirmed that he will resign after Prime Minister’s questions on Wednesday, as he said: “We are not going to have a prolonged leadership election campaign. I think Andrea Leadsom made absolutely the right decision to stand aside. It is clear Theresa May has the overwhelming support of the Conservative parliamentary party.
“I’m also delighted that Theresa May will be the next prime minister. She is strong, she is competent, she’s more than able to provide the leadership the country is going to need in the years ahead and she will have my full support.
“Obviously with these changes we now don’t need to have a prolonged period of transition. And so tomorrow I will chair my last cabinet meeting. On Wednesday I will attend the House of Commons for prime minister’s questions. And then after that I expect to go to the Palace and offer my resignation, so we will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening.”
May will now enter Number 10 having only launching her formal bid for the leadership this morning, as her chief rival Leadsom threw in the towel barely an hour later, leading Labour and the Liberal Democrats to demand an early general election, with the former’s election coordinator Jon Trickett branding the Home Secretary’s step up the ladder as a “coronation.”
Her leadership pitch earlier in the day revealed a somewhat centrist chain of thought, with concepts seemingly scrumped from the horrifying New Labour triumvirate of Gordon Brown, Ed Milliband, and Tony Blair, as she pontificated about Treasury-backed project bonds for infrastructure, stakeholder capitalism, worker representation on company boards, and action on excessive executive pay-packets, in a speech which could have been plucked from Labour’s last election manifesto, although this is of course entirely preferable to the likes of Leadsom or Gorgeous Gove and his media chums.
How many of these left-leaning schemes actually comes to pass once she is installed on Downing Street remains to be seen given the Tory party’s performance throughout and subsequent to the Brexit campaign, but for now we can at least be certain that Britain is in line for its second female Prime Minister.
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It remains to be seen if Theresa May is the best person available to steer Britain through the coming years of Brexit. As John Pienaar stated on the 6 o’clock news today, she will be faced with the biggest challenges of any British prime minister since WW 11. I do not envy her one bit.
From the moment that the removal vans arrive at No. 10 on Wednesday, the EU commissioners and leaders of the other 27 nations will do their very best to defend the interests of the EU against the UK allowing only the poorest possible terms for Britain to leave. It should be no surprise that Leadsom quit the contest today. She’s clearly too naive and inexperienced to be seriously considered as a world leader and probably in the end just too feart. (Scots word for afraid.) Maybe we should be thankful Saint Theresa will be in charge instead.
Meantime, following Angela Eagle’s challenge to Corbyn it looks very much like Her Majesty’s official opposition will split into a PLP or Parliamentary Labour Party led by Angela Eagle while Corbyn is left with a Communist dominated hard left. As a founder member of the moderate SDP (remember them?) when the last big Labour split took place the possibility of history repeating itself fascinates me.
Who says politics is never interesting?
Well one good thing from this is that we will have a PM in place fairy quickly, we can then start to move forward and that can only be a positive move!
Now she needs to get her cabinet sorted, a Brexit team in place and start that move forward so we can get on with things hopefully without personal and party egos getting in the way now!
Which is a lot more than Cameron was,now we can move on and get on with the business of getting out of the EU,it probably won’t be an easy road and will be one of the greatest challenges that a British Prime Minister and the UK has had to face in more that 40 years,let’s hope that we now have a Prime Minister who is up to the job.
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