Has a British politician ever been more exposed than Theresa May?
It’s been a while since I felt this hopeful about British politics.
Yesterday’s result was excellent, and although re-delivering a Conservative government, has punched the wind right out of their sails and sets Labour up to truly contest for power whenever the next vote comes. This is Labour’s 1992 moment.
Don’t you have anything to say about the general election? I’m sure my adoring readers are all asking themselves. Well, honestly I don’t have much. Soon after it was called, I laid down some of the reasons I absolutely despair at the prospect of five years of Prime Minister May, but since then events have moved too quickly for me to ever get ahead of them and feel like I have something incisive to post.
I made earnest starts on quite a few posts. The Undemocratic Election, The Theresa May Party and 2016/17 – Zombie Parties all sit in my drafts folder, glass half full, but Theresa’s absolute train wreck of a campaign has called into question the basic premises of all three; that she’ll win a thumping majority without clear competency, policies or vision, that disassociating herself from the Conservative brand and having MPs run as “Theresa May’s candidate” was a wise electoral strategy, or that Labour under Corbyn is in terminal decline, and taking the political opportunities of the left with it.
Add to that not one but two devastating terrorist incidents, and what remains to be said about this election? What remains to be felt?
Last Wednesday May 3rd, Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street and made a speech in reaction to an article printed over the previous weekend in German national newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). The first minutes of the speech are notable for May’s gross overreaction, xenophobic rhetoric and myriad inaccuracies. I write this just, ‘for the record’.
There is a theory that women are only able to assume positions of power if they’re hyper masculine. Where a man, providing he had charisma, the right connections and experience etc… to climb to a leadership role could project some degree of empathy, self-deference or other socially ‘feminine’ traits, a woman must be ‘more masculine than the men’, to compensate for her (assumed) innate feminine weakness and lack of authority.