The Telegraph has today’s most popular story on Theresa May per Twitter. It reports that Theresa May last night vowed to get the Conservative party out of the “mess” she created after losing her Commons majority and promised to serve as Prime Minister for “as long as you want me to” as senior Tories said they would be prepared to keep her in Downing Street until 2019.
This article might appease a few angry Tories who are worried by the rise of Jeremy Corbyn‘s Labour Party. But I think not. Most Tory voters know that Theresa May is a loser. The more astute will realize that right-wing Tory backbenchers are keeping her in place for their own agendas. Backbench Tory MPs are frightened of losing to a landslide Labour government in a snap election following a change in leader to the Conservative Party. Most critically, by pulling May’s puppet strings, they know that she’s their best chance of holding onto a hard Brexit.
We can expect the Queen’s speech to offer a few significant changes from the manifesto but that wasn’t a serious document anyway. Expect the Dementia Tax to be buried and a few other sops to appease angry Tory voters. But the thing to watch is Brexit, with the Treasury and big business pushing for a softer Brexit.
One clear advantage is greater accountability to parliament which is a good thing.
Because May is a weak and wobbly leader, we must expect a period of fire-fighting, rather than vision and strategy. But strategically the Conservatives are at a disadvantage to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. Corbyn may be the modern day Pied Piper of Hamlin leading the young astray but the young are now a political force. And the young look to the Tories with hostility.
‘Sorry’ is not enough to win the next election.