This is the internationally recognised radio message of distress, requesting urgent help. To avoid confusion it must be repeated three times and it requires an immediate response. It is derived from the French for “aid me”. Well it is May and the local election results are being interpreted as a damming verdict of her Government. Theresa is in freefall as she crashes out of Downing Street. If anyone needs to make a distress call it is Theresa May; but will anyone rescue her?
The writing was on the wall at last year’s annual Conservative Party conference. Her staged entrance, as she shimmied on stage to Abba’s Dancing Queen, was more like an audition for Celebrity Come Dancing than her victory march. Bad mistake, as it sent out the wrong message about her EU withdrawal negotiations. Much better to have come on to Queen’s I want to break free. Even before the publication of her Withdrawal Agreement it was clear that the negotiation was a shambles and would not deliver a clean break. The resignations of a Foreign Secretary and two Brexit Secretaries did not bode well. Neither did other resignations from the Cabinet and their replacement as Government Ministers by avowed remainers. You do not achieve unity of purpose that way. One such, Amber Rudd, was in, then out, and in again. Rumours are that the famous door to Number 10 is to be replaced by a revolving door.
Prime Minister May has proved to be a disaster on all fronts, leading a permissive Conservative Executive that is intent on destroying the traditional family. She was one of the architects of same-sex marriage, condones gender-fluidity, and is now allowing no-fault divorce and comprehensive sexuality education – all driven by the LGBTQI+ lobby. That might be her way of erasing the Nasty Party, but by appeasing the minorities lobby she has lost the respect of the majority. Abuses of Public Space Protection Orders, creating buffer zones outside abortion facilities, and overt political correctness that restricts our other freedoms of assembly, expression and speech, do not merit her attention and are not on her radar. She is destroying the Conservative Party just as she is destroying the Country.
This is not a harsh or rushed assessment. When she was elevated to the position of Party Leader and then to Prime Mister we asked a question and observed that it was too early to make a judgement.
We also observed that her future success was dependent on her relationship with Philip Hammond, her Chancellor of the Exchequer. It looks like there was over-dependence and he is bullet-proof. Despite being a remainer he still resides at Number 11. With her talk of ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’ she portrayed herself as Churchill after Dunkirk, resolved to fight the EU negotiators. Turns out she came across as a Chamberlain appeaser. Her crafted image as a statesman is in tatters. Not only has her honesty and integrity been questioned, she has proved that she cannot be trusted and she is irresponsible.
Now in desperation she is looking for Corbyn’s Labour to rescue her and in the process conceding red-lines. She has accepted the bad deal but still says there can be no further referendum. Do not hold your breath. She keeps bringing her Withdrawal Agreement back to the House of Commons and three times it has been rejected. She will put it back to the people in a new referendum because she will not countenance leaving on World Trade Organisation terms and she is hostage to the remainers in the House of Commons.
She has problems in all Government departments. Westminster and Whitehall leak like sieves. So, the Gavingate scandal is mystifying. Talk about self-inflicted wounds!
There is a solution and to use baseball terminology. Three strikes and you are out. No coming back for a fourth try. It just needs umpire Bercow to dismiss her from the batters box and manager Brady to drag her off and substitute her. She can then paddle off in her dingy and seek safety on Celebrity Come Dancing.