Opinion – David Cameron and Ken Clarke join Tory heavyweights urging Theresa May to abandon hard Brexit stance | The Independent

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This is a good read from the Independent. It reports that David Cameron and Ken Clarke have joined a concerted push by Conservative heavyweights for Theresa May to accept that her hard Brexit policy is doomed. It quotes the former prime minister urging his successor to “consult more widely” with other parties on the exit talks, saying: “I think there will be pressure for a softer Brexit.” It adds that the call was quickly followed by a plea from Mr Clarke, the former Chancellor, for new trade barriers “between us and our most important market in the world” to be avoided at all costs.

Source: David Cameron and Ken Clarke join Tory heavyweights urging Theresa May to abandon hard Brexit stance | The Independent

The Chancellor, Philip Hamond, can makes waves knowing that he has powerful support from big business and ordinary working people, as well as from ordinary Europeans and their governments.

Meanwhile, ‘the three stooges’, the triumvarite of ministers leading Brexit negotiations, are expected to continue to press for a hard Brexit. This will show European negotiators that the UK is hopelessly divided on Brexit.

I expect pressures to build with heavy-weight evidence from international experts piling in on the side of a soft Brexit. With the Far Right sponsors of a hard Brexit likely to intervene agressively, we can expect the reemergence of Nigel Farage. It’s possible that the UK people will be facing a stark choice between populists on the Far Right and those on the Far Left – the common denominator will be supression of truth and evidence, with rhetoric and dogma prevailing. But when the end justifies the means, freedoms and liberties are supressed in favor of the political will leaders and sponsors. Ordinary people should remember the story of the Pied Piper of Hamlin

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Elections 2017: Poll tracker shows how Labour has steadily eroded Conservative lead | The Independent

This is a recommended read from the Independent. It reports that with less than three weeks to go until polling day, the Conservatives‘ lead over Labour has been steadily narrowing. The Independent’s poll tracker, which charts the overall trend by taking an average of all mainstream polls, shows Theresa May‘s party still commands a 10-point lead.

Source: Elections 2017: Poll tracker shows how Labour has steadily eroded Conservative lead | The Independent

Theresa May’s performance has been disappointing. Firstly, she released a Conservative Party Manifesto that was weak on detailed policy, uncosted and not risk assessed, designed simply to take seats from UKIP and Labour. Then when the manifesto was challenged in the media, she abandoned it with a U-turn – this is virtually unprecedented. Unlike, the late Lady Thatcher, Theresa May is not a conviction politician, she’s a short-term opportunist. More worryingly, the election has highlighted weaknesses in Theresa May’s leadership style.

The Conservatives look set to increase their lead in parliament but not spectacularly – this is because of Theresa May’s failings. Jeremy Corbyn by comparison has gone from strength to strength despite the widespread bias in the UK media.  Surprisingly, despite a good manifesto, the Liberal Democrats have not done well in the polls. Without Nigel Farage and a political platform, UKIP has been decimated, with support moving to the Tories.  It will be interesting to see the final results in Scotland.

Assuming that Theresa May returns to No. 10, as predicted, she should reflect very carefully and conduct a lessons learned exercise.  To be seen as an effective leader, she needs to seriously regroup her team, both in cabinet and personal advisors – she can’t continue to be seen to be ‘weak and wobbly’.

Any thoughts on how Theresa May will lose her ‘weak and wobbly’ mantra?

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