Saturday, 25 May 2019

Theresa May's malign legacy

After making her speech promising to resign in two weeks' time as Tory Leader (why not instantly since she no longer has anyone's confidence and the country is in a hurry?) Theresa May went back through the door of Number 10 and was greeted by a round of applause from the staff.

In tears, she said: 

"I'm sorry."

According to the Sunday Times her political adviser Gavin Barwell said: 

"It's not you who should be apologising, Prime Minister."

Who should, if not she?

Her tears were for herself, not as the Express headline risibly said for her country.

Much is said of her sense of duty. She was no more dutiful than any other Prime Minster, just much duller. 

She stuck to her job not from duty but because, as she said herself, she loved it - had she had a sense of duty she should have seen that she was incapable of discharging it. A dutiful person would have resigned after losing her majority in the last election.

Theresa May is useless and also not a conservative. Her valedictory speech showed that, with its un-Thatcherite call for consensus and 
its un-Tory attack on “the privileged few”. 

She also talked about her pride in combatting climate change. 

She copied Ed Miliband's derided promise in the 2015 election to cap energy prices set by private companies. She wanted to have quotas of women on boards of directors, took pride in gender pay reporting and ethnic pay audits, even mentioning the latter in her lachrymose final speech. She thereby greatly contributed to the identity politics and politics of victimhood that are the one of the biggest evils of our age.

The Government sacked the greatest living Tory and greatest living philosopher Sir Roger Scruton from his position on a housing commission, because he was baselessly accused of anti-Semitism, without bothering even to investigate the facts.

She recklessly promised to increase NHS spending to almost 40 per cent of public service spending and wanted, until dissuaded,
 to do so through a rise in income tax. In any case the tax burden rose under her to the highest it has been since Wilson. Her politics resembles his, though she did not have his cunning, soft skills or speaking ability. She had his crookedness though.

She is a church-goer and daughter of a clergyman but repeatedly 
proclaimed herself a feminist and persuaded David Cameron to enact single sex marriage. The government she led spent very large sums helping African women have abortions. 

She also lied and lied, which ill becomes a rector's daughter. 

She ardently wanted to control immigration - no politician more so - and failed very badly indeed. She allowed around three hundred thousand immigrants a year to come to the UK for nine years, as consecutively Home Secretary and Prime Minister. Half were EU and so outside her control, but half were from outside the EU .

As she made her final speech outside No 10 (it would have been much more stylish to have broadcast from inside, but she never had style) she said she was the second woman Prime Minister but certainly wouldn't be the last, as if that mattered. What matters is good leaders. Margaret Thatcher, who said feminism was poison, would have despised her identity politics, just as she despised class politics or talk about the privileged few.

The next Tory leader must believe in Brexit and make himself the leader of the Brexit half of the electorate. Theresa May and Nick Timothy wanted to appeal to working class voters but in fact it is Brexit that has
 brought middle and working class voters together, not race audits. People who want race and gender audits are not natural conservatives.

But it is not just Theresa May. Half the Conservative party in Parliament has ceased to be conservative, as shown by the uproar from some of her MPs when she was forced to do a deal with a party that, whatever else it is, is conservative, the DUP. The outrage was not caused by that party's sectarian roots, but its opposition to abortion and single sex marriage in Northern Ireland. It wasn't its hardline Protestantism but its Christianity that was the problem for politically correct 'Conservative' women like Ruth Davidson and Justine Greening.

Theresa May, by her insistence that free movement of people had to end and that no customs could be levied at the Irish border, bequeaths the country and her party a truly terrible withdrawal agreement. She will go soon and no-one will mourn her passing, but her legacy alas will remain.


  1. I've been in and out of tech companies for many years. An engineer by vocation.

    If I had nickel for every senior leader who stayed around too long from a misguided sense of "duty" or $$$, I could retire now. It's a very common human failure.

  2. She is a church-goer and daughter of a High Church clergyman but repeatedly proclaimed herself a feminist and persuaded David Cameron to enact single sex marriage.

    It saddens me to say this but those two things are almost certainly connected. What passes for Christianity these days is social justice activism with a few vaguely spiritual trimmings. In fact most don't even bother with the vaguely spiritual trimmings.

    It's reached the point where I would be very very reluctant to vote for anyone who claims to be a Christian.

    1. I hope that is only true of Anglicanism and not Catholicism. I wish I were certain of it. It's not true of the Orthodox Church. About Protestant sects I don't know much but doubt they have hollowed out. All political questions are essentially theological at base.

    2. I hope that is only true of Anglicanism and not Catholicism. I wish I were certain of it.

      Catholicism seems to be following the same trajectory.

      About Protestant sects I don't know much but doubt they have hollowed out.

      The mainstream Protestant sects seem to be, if anything, worse than the Anglicans. They have embraced feminism and the homosexual agenda with enthusiasm. Of course there are the American Evangelicals, if you consider them to be Christians.

      Christianity should have recognised liberalism as the most dangerous enemy they had ever faced or ever would face. Pope Pius IX tried to warn them. But they failed to see the danger. They failed to see that things like capitalism and democracy and feminism were incompatible with Christianity and would destroy Christianity.

  3. Don't cry for me United Kingdom
    the truth is you never loved me
    In all my dealings,
    With EU mandarins,
    I kept my distance,
    You kept your humor.

  4. 'Her tears were for herself, not as the Express headline risibly said for her country.'

    Actually, May apologised for breaking down in the street .

    Full quote:

    “On Friday, as May walked back into No 10, her face an agonised mask, she was greeted with applause. In an address to advisers in the state rooms upstairs, the prime minister was emotional but defiant. “She said we had all done all we can,” said one of those present. May apologised for breaking down in the street as she concluded her speech: “I’m sorry.” Her chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, said: “You have nothing to apologise for.” – Sunday Times

    1. Thank you. That makes more sense.

    2. Sure... Thanks for stopping by.

    3. Ah. Thank you. I would think better of her had she apologised for three appalling years and placing the country in terrible jeopardy because she is incompetent.

    4. “Sometimes doing your best is not good enough. Sometimes you must do what is required.”

      Winston Churchill