Let’s not be daft.
Theresa May could soon be offered the “flextension” (if you like that sort of word) that European Council president Donald Tusk has been suggesting – of up to a year before the UK has to leave the EU, unless a deal can be arranged earlier.
It certainly seems possible that she will have until the end of 2019, at the very least.
Will she use the reprieve to address the “burning injustices” she has ignored so fastidiously since the day she first mentioned them on the steps of 10 Downing Street, back in 2016? Of course not!
She’ll be too busy trying to stop her party from self-destructing further than it has already; if there’s no Brexit until the end of the year, it means her own party will have an opportunity to oust her with a vote of “no confidence”, and then it might splinter as backbench MPs scurry to get behind one (or more) of the front-runners – and pray that they’ve chosen the right one.
Among those candidates will be Boris Johnson – despite the fact that he’s a grade-A, first class arsehead with no more regard for the rule of law than for an insect.
Only two days ago, at the time of writing, I was reporting his latest breach of House of Commons rules, which came after serial racism and sexism.
Now he has been revealed as one of 170 MPs who have bought homes using taxpayers’ money – claiming that they are second homes which they require to carry out their duties – only to enjoy a huge boost to their personal wealth because the buildings’ value has skyrocketed.
It seems 160 MPs have made £42 million profit by selling on their taxpayer-funded homes, including another possible Tory leadership candidate, Michael Gove.
Neither are suitable to lead a political party, let alone a nation. It is clear that they have regard only for themselves and are happy to elevate themselves by exploiting the people they are meant to serve.
Their popularity among the Conservatives is ample demonstration of that party’s unsuitability for government office.
But they are in office and we are where we are – in the middle of the enormous mess that they created.
Mrs May will have her hands full finding a solution to Brexit that the various factions in Parliament can support (or a majority of them, at least); and finding a successor to herself who will not drag the UK further into disaster (but will pretend that she was a better leader than she turned out to be).
She won’t do anything about the fact that, by the admission of her own Department for Work and Pensions, the number of disabled people in absolute poverty rose by 200,000 in a single year.
Nor will she do anything about the fact that Universal Credit has increased homelessness in two-thirds of local authority areas, according to homelessness charity CRISIS.
She is sure to be positively rejoicing in the fact that more and more families are being pulled into poverty by the ongoing benefits freeze:
Benefit caps are continuing for another year, leaving families with £560 less income.
Philip Hammond lied when he said austerity is over.
Labour will end austerity.
Nobody should have to use a Foodbank in the 5th richest country in the world!https://t.co/608VKEq7RK
— Dan Lewis (@Think_Become) April 9, 2019
Labour’s former shadow work and pensions secretary, Debbie Abrahams, demanded an end to the benefits freeze yesterday – and got a weak answer from the tepid Liz Truss, yet again using the pathetic lie that work is the best way out of poverty (it isn’t – having wealthy Tory relatives is). She for yourself if you have the stomach for it:
— Debbie Abrahams MP (@Debbie_abrahams) April 9, 2019
And she won’t address the catastrophic funding gap facing our schools:
More than 1,000 schools across England are turning to crowdfunding websites and wishlists to raise money, with many appealing for basic supplies such as pencils, glue and textbooks https://t.co/EsuLvrlqwd
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) April 9, 2019
The above isn’t even an exhaustive list of Mrs May’s failures – I haven’t even mentioned her utter inadequacy on knife crime or the Windrush racism scandal. They are merely the most recent stories I found on Twitter.
Mrs May wants us to think of her as a good prime minister. But she’ll be remembered as good for nothing.
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