This is a brilliant analysis from the Spectator. It reports that Theresa May’s two chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have resigned. It argues that the pair have good claim to be the most powerful special advisers in British political history, their hold on Mrs May was even greater than that of Alastair Campbell and Jonathan Powell on Tony Blair.
There are some real mainstream nuggets in this article. Most importantly, the view that Tories prefer to prop up ‘weak and wobbly’ May because they are afraid of losing an early election.
This brings me to a couple of reflections of my own.
Firstly, I was shocked at May’s campaign strategy. It was like a three hundred year old set piece battle in the digital age of thought sensory armaments. Secondly, I endorse Steve Hilton‘s view about acting on data and hard intelligence. I sense that May’s stubborn personality prevailed over evidence based analysis – if true, these are potentially dangerous times, relying on a mortally wounded May, fronting the UK government.
Secondly, my Machiavellian instincts have kicked in and I’m looking for the power. Clearly, May has no power – she’s a puppet, perhaps a bit like Jeremy Corbyn? Are we about to watch a new political satire? Instead of puppets Punch and Judy, it will be ‘Jeremy and Theresa’? Well, we all know, or are fairly confident, that shadowy Far Left radicals are pulling Jeremy Corbyn’s puppet strings. But what of May?
Well, it’s probably too early to call. Power needs to be three-fold. Firstly, there will be a need to stand up to May in cabinet and sway others. Secondly, there will be a need to have support from other Conservative MPs. I’m not sure if Conservative Party members views will count for much because they will be struggling to understand Corbyn’s meteoric success. Thirdly and most importantly, he/she will need to appeal to young voters who were swayed by Corbyn’s Pied Piper tunes – this is the real wild-card.
It’s early days but I’d expect Boris Johnson to start flexing his political muscles in Cabinet very soon. He’s a maverick, a wild-card, Pro-Bexit, unpredictable and often unscripted but he’s a big beast, a real bruiser and particularly photogenic.
So how do we expect the satirical political puppet show, ‘Jeremy and Theresa’ to end?