Theresa May is warned ‘Get off my lawn’ – while Labour fires up the grassroots

Many people have been wondering where Theresa May has been, after the stand-in prime minister apparently went into hiding following a lacklustre start to the Conservative election campaign.

Isobel seems to have the answer:

The Express and Star seems to have corroborated this claim:

Graham Mills, 73, who lives on Alderdale Avenue, Sedgley, Dudley, where the PM went campaigning on Saturday morning, said he was ‘really disappointed’ with the PM’s performance – and even refused her permission to walk on his lawn.

“I was cutting my grass at the time when I saw a load of cars pull up and she came towards me.

“First of all she asked if she could walk across my lawn and I said no, not really, I have just cut it.

“I started by asking her why she would not debate the other leaders on the TV and she said ‘well we meet every Wednesday’ and I said that is hardly an answer and asked if she thought she owed it to the public. Again I did not really get an answer.

“I asked her why she was running the exact same campaign as David Cameron did with Lynton Crosby and employing the same scare tactics by suggesting Labour would form a coalition with the SNP, which she knows they wouldn’t. It is scare tactics.

“I was amazed at how nervous she was.

“She spoke about Europe saying we had to get things back so I asked her why doesn’t she start at home

“She kept giving me stock answers every time – which was that it would be worse under Labour. I was really disappointed.”

Source: ‘Stay off my lawn Prime Minister’: Local unimpressed as Theresa May targets Black Country

“Stock answers” – because it seems the Conservative Party has no policies (or at least none it can offer to the public). Could the image at the top of this article provide the reason for that? Is it the reason Mrs May has banned the press from her events and members of the public have been ordered not to ask questions or talk to the press afterwards?

Is it the reason Mrs May’s appearances are so rare?

In comparison to Jeremy Corbyn, she has been nowhere and seen nobody – as Scott Nelson points out here (I think ‘Mainenhead’ is supposed to be her home constituency of Maidenhead):

Still, if her encounter with Mr Mills is any yardstick, it’s no wonder Mrs May is staying out of the light. As Eoin Clarke puts it, “Theresa May met her first real person in this election campaign & she crumbled. What a weak PM she is.”

Yesterday, Mrs May was nowhere to be seen. Luckily (for her), BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg was around to cover for her:

Best response to that howler came from Kerry-Anne Mendoza: “The PM is invisible in the run-up to a general election, and this is how Kuenssberg spins it. I can’t even…”

As for letting Labour “stew in its own juice” – Jeremy Corbyn announced yet another excellent Labour policy: Repealing the Tories ‘vicious’ trade union legislation, introduced last year.

He added that a Labour government would also carry out an inquiry into the practice of blacklisting, and into the “Battle of Orgreave” in the miners’ strike – acknowledging a demand that the Tories have been ignoring for many months.

Labour isn’t hiding – as Angela Rayner points out pictorially:

Back with Mrs May, we find… We find…

We find she is nowhere to be seen:

If you want “strong and stable”, vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. Theresa May – and her Conservative Party – is neither.

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16 thoughts on “Theresa May is warned ‘Get off my lawn’ – while Labour fires up the grassroots

  1. John

    I swear your articles are getting funnier by the day!….
    On a serious note though, is it the first time in British political recorded history, that a member of the public has actually been able to ask the PM a question? I had to read that line twice!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      No; members of the public have asked prime ministers questions many times in the past. Remember when Gordon Brown had to apologise after calling a lady a bigot? That was because of questions she asked him, and I reckon it was instrumental in costing Labour the 2010 election.

  2. me

    My Aunty lives Nr Sedgely [Dudley] and I have to say Black Country folk do say it like it is, I just wish that I was visiting my Aunty that day.

  3. Barry Davies

    Who is May standing in for? Cameron resigned there isn’t another Prime Minister, as far as I can see she is the Prime Minister. She was in the West Midlands yesterday it was on local news about it.

  4. Rusty

    Excellent post mike! May’s media friends are covering for her! Any thoughts on my suggestion about doing a alternative media news show?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’d love to – but I don’t have the time right now. Trying to get elected onto the local county council!

      1. Rusty

        Good luck, we could do with more people like you in politics! Hopefully you will still be posting your voxpolitical blogs when you get elected!

  5. Rose

    A Labour canvasser visited me yesterday trying to woo me to vote Labour in the local council elections. As we talked I mentioned that I had reservations about Jeremy Corbyn’s competence and because of it harboured doubts about voting Labour in the general election even though I liked the last candidate Labour fielded in 2015. “No worries” said the canvasser. “Jeremy Corbyn has no chance of ever being Prime Minister so you can vote to be represented by a good local Labour MP in Westminster with no worries about Jeremy ever moving into number ten.”

    I couldn’t believe my ears.

    It seems that the fact that Mr Corbyn isn’t going to be Prime Minister is being touted as a positive reason to vote for a good Labour PPC locally next June! Amazing!

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What a strange tale!

      All I can say is no Labour canvasser would ever say that in my constituency – where Labour has an extremely low chance of winning the seat. That’s because, whenever we campaign, we are in it to win it. Which constituency is this?

      1. Rose

        Falmouth and Camborne in Cornwall. My current MP is the absolutely awful Tory Sarah Newton currently. I believe you studied at Camborne, Mike, so you probably know the area very well.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        I studied at Pool College, between Redruth and Camborne, so I do know the area quite well, yes. It may have changed a great deal in the last 23 years, though.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        Let’s not have personal attacks in this column.
        Play the ball, not the other person, please.

      2. Rusty

        Sorry mike! I’m just fed up of trolls! It’s the dirty tricks used to undermine good people like JC that annoys me!

      3. Rose

        I’ve never voted Conservative in any election, national or local, ever. And that’s the truth.

      4. Rusty

        Then I believe you and am sorry for the comment! We are in big trouble if the tories win in June! There’s a lot at stake for all of us.

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