Theresa May reckons she’ll be PM until September 2019. You have to laugh, don’t you?

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and Jeremy Corbyn: Was this their reaction when they heard Theresa May is planning to retire in 2019? [Image: Justin Tallis via Getty Images.]

How deluded can Theresa May be?

That’s a fine question to ask, I know, of a woman who called a general election in the firm belief that the public would give her 100 extra seats in Parliament, even though she didn’t actually go out and meet any of us.

She seems to have accepted that her miserable performance in the election – losing the Conservatives’ Parliamentary majority and being forced to arrange a deal with the far-right Northern Irish DUP in order to run a minority government – means she’ll have to go before the next one, and she has pencilled in August 30, 2019 as her “quit by” date.

She has been spending the summer wining and dining her backbench MPs in a bid to stave off any rebellions and leadership challenges:

Theresa May has pencilled in Friday, August 30, 2019 as the day she will quit as Prime Minister.

That gives her exactly two years to see Britain through Brexit before handing over to her successor.

Mrs May is on a charm offensive with her MPs – entertaining small groups of 15 plus partners to a day out at her Chequers country retreat.

Each MP is emailed personal invitations until they accept.

One Tory MP who was a guest said: “It’s clear she won’t lead us into another election and will be gone by September 2019. She invited MPs to Chequers to ensure there isn’t a ­leadership contest in the meantime.

“Giving the dogs a stroke is better than giving them a kick, I suppose.”

Doesn’t seem to be going too well, does it?

Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn has been spending the summer campaigning in Tory marginal constituencies across the UK, and he reckons Mrs May will be out on her ear a lot sooner than she’d like to claim:

Theresa May’s government is doomed to collapse and a fresh election “in the near future” is inevitable, Jeremy Corbyn has told HuffPost UK.

The Labour leader said the Tory minority administration will fail before its five-year fixed term is up and Brits should have a fresh choice on their Prime Minister if the Conservatives switch leader.

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10 thoughts on “Theresa May reckons she’ll be PM until September 2019. You have to laugh, don’t you?

  1. Leon

    As Corbyn has switched to a soft brexit that appeals to business I think they will want her out sooner than later as they can see the damage already done my guess is within the next 12 months

  2. jill4gaza

    What’s the process for ‘switching Leader’? Wouldn’t the Dep. take over automatically if May was, er, indisposed? May’s constituency would, presumably, be subject to a bye election which one might hope Labour would win. Would another DUP candidate offer its lucrative services? Wouldn’t the total Annihilation of Everything continue its own smooth process (sic) until 2019? Or would it not be better to IMPEACH her now – along with her crime-ridden Cronies?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      No, they’d have an election and she’d be leader until it was decided.
      She’s not planning to quit as an MP.

  3. NMac

    She might be over-optimistic in thinking she’ll last until 2019. Even now Johnson has begun the open criticism. I suppose she’s thinking that all the contenders are even worse than she is. They are all a joke, but a very nasty and dangerous joke.

  4. J Edington

    Probably nobody wants the job before brexit. Leave her in place to ruin the country, take all the flak, and them replace her. I doubt if she will have any say on an exact date.

  5. Roland Laycock

    Well I can see it after all the last election frauds have never been sorted out, so all they have to do is the same next time the MSM and Police will be on there side and find no problems and the little they do those people will have there wrists slapped and told not to do it again

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