What I Don’t Get
I’ve been puzzling over something that I can’t quite get my head around. It has been clear since last year that Theresa May was – and I put this as diplomatically as I can – not working out as Leader of the Conservative Party. But the full gravity of it had perhaps not dawned on all Conservative MPs when the vote of no confidence took place last year.
What I don’t get is why – as the situation has got worse and worse and worse – nobody seems able to do anything about it.
Yes, I understand we have a constitutional crisis. I get that the country is split and the Remainers will do anything and everything to prevent us leaving. I get that the Leavers are split on the right way forwards. I get that the media are just impossibly biased on the whole thing and are broadly for Remain also. I even get that there are some (too many) Conservative MPs who seem willing to join the Lefties in frustrating Brexit. They should all have the whip withdrawn, in my view.
But that’s not what I’m asking.
I understand why the Parliamentary system is in a mess and I can see that maneuvers are being used to frustrate and prevent any sort of true Brexit. I know that the Prime Minister doesn’t have the power to brute force a Leave through, even if she wanted to. I know that Labour, the Lib Dems, the SNP etc etc are all trying to prevent Brexit and all for their own nuanced reasons. Labour really just want a General Election to install Corbyn as the horror PM for a new generation.
But what I don’t get is this:
Theresa May must now be up there with the most unpopular Prime Ministers in modern times. I mean, I remember how much the country grew to dislike Gordon Brown, and I’m not sure he was as disliked as Theresa May is now. She has systematically proven to be all the things some of us predicted but most of all she is quite clearly something that should never ever have happened – a Remainer in Charge of Leaving the European Union. It was always bonkers to have somebody at the head of such a huge change who didn’t want or believe in that change. So given that we missed the legal date to leave, missed the extension, brought loss to hundreds and hundreds of excellent Councillors who had no fault in their own election result, and are now about to have a set of European Elections we were NEVER MEANT TO HAVE, consider this…
Theresa May’s leadership is systematically tearing the heart out of the Conservative party. It’s destroying one of the oldest political parties in the world. It is smashing the faith that our voters had in us. It is consistently shedding us of our lifeblood, the Councillors and activists and supporters and grass roots that are everything to us.
It’s a joke, right? We are polling 22% in national polls. Not Euro polls. 22 percent would be a good score for us right now in Euro polls. In NATIONAL polls.
SO WHY ISN’T ANYBODY DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT?
Whatever the levers and wheels of power are in Westminster Conservative circles, start them turning. Get off your benches and our of your aisles and DO SOMETHING. This fundamental breakdown of the Conservative Party is being delivered to us by our abject failure to deliver Brexit AS A PARTY and as a Parliament, and by desperately poor leadership from Theresa May. The opposition parties are laughing at it all. I don’t have anything against the Prime Minister, I’m sure she is a lovely lady and I’m sure she means well. But if ever there was a time for her to be leading our party, this is not it. For the love of God, Powers That Be, stop this madness before our party is destroyed forever.
The country expects a Conservative Party to deliver on its election and manifesto promises and the largest vote this country has ever taken. Give us a new leader who will be like a piece of iron, who will deliver us a clear, complete and full Brexit in short order and say to those who would stand against it: “This is the will of the people and it will happen. Now.”