Opinion – Theresa May on brink of becoming next UK prime minister — FT.com – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right up to a point and Mrs May will today be in charge and needs to be in both listening and doing mode.

There can be no more business as usual and there can be no backsliding on the assurances made by Mrs May in her excellent speech.

That means hard-nosed and competent negotiation, a solution to the ‘passporting issue’ for the City (I like the idea of an ALMO nearshoring solution), which means no Sir Humphrey’s selling our birthright over “excellent dinners” and even more excellent wine.

The “sheep”, as they like to call us, have spoken very loudly, and with a much bigger voice than the probably gerrymandered 52% figure that was given, and if there is backsliding or trimming or mental equivocation of any kind, Mrs May will have her feet firmly held to the fire.

The Labour Party is due for internecine strife and frankly Angela Eagle with her plaintive voice and pained appearance is not my idea of what an electable Prime Minister looks like any more than our very own Dave Spart (Jeremy Corbyn).

Someone with greater appeal would have been Alan Johnson or David Miliband or even Umana, if he would for once answer questions.

I suspect Leadsom was put on the back foot by her tax affairs which have already been widely reported in Private Eye so for her a speedy withdrawal was prudent strategy. But most of all, she will be rembered for ‘mumsgate’.

Cameron, Osborne and their ilk need to move on, and we need to see fresh blood in the form of “thrusters” (people who can get things done despite obstacles), as opposed to business as usual people.

Proposals for constitutional reform of the type reported on with a federal structure are wholly unsatisfactory in that they give more power to the Celtic fringe, remove powers from England but does nothing to address the fact that under the Barnett Formula, London, SE England and East Anglia are bankrolling the rest of the country.

Abolishing the Lords and replacing it with a slimmer Senate and reducing overall MP numbers to 200 and getting rid of hangers-on is long overdue.

John Gelmini

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