Theresa May is disappearing beneath criticism of her leadership. Here are the reasons

The long walk: Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in Davos [Image: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images].

There is no way to make Theresa May look like a leader with a future.

Not only is she facing harsh criticism over her weakness concerning Brexit, but she is also lacking “purpose and direction” on all other matters, according to critics within her own Conservative Party.

There is no way to come up with a unified policy for Brexit. War has broken out once again within the Cabinet over the extent of the future change in the UK’s relationship with the EU.

It is a struggle between realists and idealists. The idealists say the UK should make a complete break from the bloc, while the realists know this would put the country’s economy at a huge risk, and want to minimise the damage as much as possible.

The continued divisions show that former Prime Minister David Cameron made a grievous error in holding the EU membership referendum in 2016.

He thought he had to do it to fend off a challenge from Nigel Farage’s UKIP, and to heal divisions within his own Parliamentary party.

All he managed was to make those divisions worse.

And concentration on Brexit means the Conservatives are neglecting their other duties to the country, with no firm policy on… well, anything, really.

Oh, their trashing of the NHS will continue because all they really had to do was cut funding and express no interest in it.

And their quiet genocide of the sick and disabled will go on because the guidelines were set down by Iain Duncan Smith, and will now be followed by his disciple, Esther McVey.

But with a minority government, Mrs May must try to achieve the impossible and find consensus between the members of her party – members who are naturally selfish and driven only by personal self-interest.

She has no chance. Already the sharks are smelling blood in the water. The feeding frenzy will happen soon.

Theresa May has come under further fire from her own side as one of her MPs said the “window is closing” on her leadership and her former chief of staff laid into the government’s lack of purpose.

A string of Conservatives voiced fresh criticism, casting further doubts on the stability of the prime minister’s position after recent complaints about her lack of vision and rows about the direction of Brexit.

Johnny Mercer, a Conservative backbencher tipped as a future leader, said a change of leadership would not be helpful and he did not support such a move but signalled it could still come to pass.

Also criticising May’s government was Nick Timothy, her former co-chief of staff and architect of the 2017 Conservative manifesto, who said the government [was] failing to show “purpose and direction”, arguing that “the lack of those things at the moment is what is causing the government its difficulties”.

He suggested May could embrace some of her critics such as the Conservative former minister Nick Boles and get them to come up with policies to help address major domestic problems.

At the same time, May is under increasing pressure within the cabinet over the direction of her policy on the UK’s Brexit transition period and future relationship with the EU, as she prepared to hold a meeting of her Brexit sub-committee on Monday morning.

Tensions have broken into the open after hardline Brexit supporters were furious with claims by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, that there might only be a “modest” change in the UK’s relationship with the bloc.

Source: ‘Window is closing’: Tories voice fresh criticism of May | Politics | The Guardian

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4 thoughts on “Theresa May is disappearing beneath criticism of her leadership. Here are the reasons

  1. aunty1960

    And “WHAT?” is she going to be replaced with? Which other establishment, corporate stooge is going to be put in there?

    And look at the choice in cabinet and closest contenders? What a mess.

    I groan like Lurch off Adams Family

    This is about THIS COUNTRY not personal or party politics or political egos or personalities.

    What a time to have CRAP and TOTAL CRAP as your choice. and Labour still champing at the bit to get rid of Corbyn as soon as can while riding on his back into victory and next government.

    And Corbyn is getting on my nerves playing to to Populace Crowd, one more time trawling out a child to validate his argument and position and I shall be on him like a ton of bricks. He is still supporting crap Labour councils and candidates and ignoring people wont vote for them. THEY WANT A CHANGE.

  2. dsbacon2017

    Whatever one might think of May: she’s perhaps none too bright, certainly not up to the job and so on, but she’s still better than Cameron was. He, too, was none too bright and not up to the job, but he was both lazy and inept. His inability to use an intelligent standard of judgement on the people he appointed as his press secretary and other offices was appalling, as were the friends such as Rebekah Brooks who also became part of his coterie and narrowly escaped censure in the phone hacking scandal.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You’re talking about corruption, but I think you’ll find Mrs May’s appointments have been just as bad, and her management of the country has been utterly hopeless.

  3. rotzeichen

    Theresa May has been clinging on ever since the last election, we will know when she is finally on her way out, when Tories find excuses for not turning out to vote for her policies.

    Considering that she has already handed out all power to the corporate sector, I wonder what there is left to even vote on.

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