It’s the end of May – and not a moment too soon

On her way at last: This isn’t a shot of Theresa May leaving Downing Street for the last time – she’ll stay until June 7 – but at least we know she’ll be gone soon.

It has become commonplace for prime ministers to resign after an election but – typically of Theresa May – she has done so after the wrong one.

Mrs May wasn’t even standing in yesterday’s European Parliament elections. There is a certain amount of satisfaction to be gained from the fact that she is leaving after a poll that she never intended to allow.

In typical Tory manner, she has not been removed by public choice, but has instead been backstabbed by her own party – the so-called ‘Men in Grey Suits’, it seems; Mrs May made her announcement after a meeting with 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady, who most likely told her to jump before she is pushed.

She made a speech on the Downing Street steps in which she said she’ll cease to be Tory leader on June 7, but will remain as prime minister until a new leader is elected by the usual cabal of Tories.

And she tried to claim that her government had accomplished things: tackling the deficit (but not the national debt, which has spiralled upwards steeply), reducing unemployment (by including people who work for just a single hour every fortnight in her figures – and productivity has fallen), and providing more funds for mental health (without actually improving the mental health of the nation).

But she said: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit.”

And she had advice for her successor: “Never forget that compromise is not a dirty word. Life depends on compromise.” But this was doubly hypocritical. She was quoting Nicholas Winton, the man who organised the Czech Kindertransport that managed to deliver hundreds of mostly Jewish children out of Nazi Europe before World War Two, but she hasn’t delivered anybody from danger. And of course it is a mark of her own character that Mrs May herself has been unable to compromise on anything – she was, in the end, terminally stubborn.

As I type this, the BBC news is full of toffs in expensive suits doing their best to praise Mrs May.

But The Guardian has, significantly, run an article on the public reaction, headlined Good riddance.

One commenter described her thus: “Author of the hostile environment. Wrongly deported UK citizens to Jamaica. Several of whom were then murdered. Wrongly deported foreign nationals who had not failed English exams. Prevented EU citizens from voting in the EU elections. Sent Go Home vans around minority neighbourhoods. Told that ridiculous lie about the immigrant’s cat. What was that she was saying about ‘burning injustices’? Good riddance.”

Another, referring to her speech, stated: “Those tears at the end … she had none for Windrush.”

A third rightly raised her appalling record of failing to care for UK citizens: “Is anyone keeping score of the deaths and suicides of benefit claimants under her Government, the deaths of deportees under her Government, the wrongful denial of rights to remain, work and study in the UK under her Government, the deaths in custody under her Government, the abuse of care home residents under her Government and anything else that most right minded people would class as burning injustice?

“Don’t let her failure to deliver Brexit overshadow her many other failures.”

One person who certainly won’t allow that to happen is Jeremy Corbyn, who has now seen off two Tory prime ministers. He said: “She has now accepted what the country has known for months: she cannot govern, and nor can her divided and disintegrating party. The Conservative Party has utterly failed the country over Brexit and is unable to improve people’s lives or deal with their most pressing needs.

“The last thing the country needs is weeks of more Conservative infighting followed by yet another unelected Prime Minister. Whoever becomes the new Conservative Leader must let the people decide our country’s future, through an immediate general election.”

Bring it on.

6 thoughts on “It’s the end of May – and not a moment too soon

  1. nmac064

    I suspect the nastiness and chaos will get worse as a plethora of loathsome and odious Tories line up to quarrel with each other – totally oblivious to the serious damage they have inflicted upon the country.

  2. Stu

    A little point of note is that she didn’t just walk away today for at least two reasons, both of which are, as ever all about her, not the nation nor her party.

    1, Leaving on 7th June means she’s not the shortest serving PM in the UK (by 8 days)
    2. She will still be around and in the limelight for Trump’s visit.

    Her crocodile tears were for herself not for Windrush or Grenfell victims.

  3. msw

    The country she loves?? Who is she kidding? She is responsible for thousands of deaths of those on benefits, prostitution, homelessness, reliance on foodbanks, misery…. of benefit claimants. If she cared about the country and people, none of that would have happened. As to Brexit, that’s a joke. She would have tied us to the EU for ever with no means of escaping unelected, untouchable power hungry beaurocrats, who would continue to flood us with undesirables in their millions, making all our laws. Yes, they are responsible for some good ones, but not that many. So now, we will end up with another foul tory leader instead of no tories. We need labour, at least Corbyn cares about the poor, sick and disabled, though he is not ideal, as he would let more of the undesirable religion in and to take over further. Failing that, UKIP, BF or For Britain.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What are you on about? The EU is entirely democratic – if you don’t realise that, you haven’t been paying attention. And we have plenty of power-hungry bureaucrats right here in the UK, who’ll be at liberty to do much worse to us than the EU ever would, without the EU to put a brake on them. The EU never – never – made “all our laws”. And what do you mean by saying the EU would “flood us with undesirables in their millions”? Do you mean NHS nurses, for example, of whom we are already far too short due to the mere threat of Brexit? And what is the “undesirable religion”? You read like a fascist.

  4. kateuk

    We don’t want another unelected Tory PM. Whoever we get will most likely be worse than May.

  5. Rik

    Faking it — Tears of a Crime

    Here’s a jolly good 6 minutes
    worth of watching RT UK news, re: our Pm..

    Well said Mr Mike

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