Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Mrs. May has always been a disastrous minister, but a deadly political infighter

It's time to reread the hatchet job by Jonathan Foreman headlined “Theresa May is a great self-promoter, but a terrible Home Secretary”, which was pulled from the Daily Telegraph after pressure from her campaign. Guido Fawkes published it here. It begins:

After all, Mrs May’s tenure as Home Secretary has been little better than disastrous – a succession of derelictions that has left Britain’s borders and coastline at least as insecure as they were in 2010, and which mean that British governments still rely on guesswork to estimate how many people enter and leave the country.
People find this hard to credit because she exudes determination and strength. Compared to many of her bland, flabby cabinet colleagues, she has real gravitas. And few who follow British politics would deny that she is a deadly political infighter. Indeed Theresa May is to Westminster what Cersei Lannister is to Westeros in Game of Thrones: no one who challenges her survives undamaged, while the welfare of the realm is of secondary concern.

The Telegraph today says
"This weekend the Labour leader and John McDonnell, his shadow chancellor, revealed that the party is now formally committed to taking Britain out of the single market and the Customs Union."
They were always secretly Brexiters who lied about if for political advantage. The softly-spoken commitment to a hard Brexit helped Labour do so well in the election.

The Telegraph also reveals a story headlined:

Tory and Labour MPs plot secret deal to ensure soft Brexit
The paper says:
Senior Cabinet ministers are engaged in secret talks with Labour MPs to secure cross-party backing for a soft Brexit, it has emerged.
Some of the most senior members of Theresa May's team have been discussing how to force the Prime Minister to make concessions on immigration, the customs union and the single market.
There have also been discussions of a cross-party Brexit Commission to agree common ground between the parties and ensure an orderly withdrawal from the EU.
I think talks between Labour and Conservatives will probably come to nothing. Labour will not come to the Conservatives' rescue any more than John Smith saved John Major during the Maastricht debate. It is true that Roy Jenkins led a group of pro European rebels that allowed Edward Heath to take Britain into the EU. I don't see a group of Remainers on both sides uniting.

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