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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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