Theresa May is now a lame duck Prime Minister living on borrowed time; and also living in denial. How did she throw it all away?
Arrogance. Complacency. Incompetence. Theresa - now it’s your coalition of chaos.
Hi. I’m Leon Hawthorne. The Conservative Party won the most seats but Theresa May lost her personal mandate. She says: let’s get to work, but’s just a matter of time before she goes. She can’t go yet because we have Brexit talks due to start in a week.
It would take the Conservatives two months to elect a new leader. That’s time we don’t have.
So, the Democratic Unionists will keep Mrs May in Downing Street, at a price. We’ll progress the EU negotiations and she’ll step down next spring, when an outline deal is in sight.
How did this happen?
Well, the Prime Minister put her “strong and stable” leadership on the ballot and the voters said “all we see is weak and wobbly”.
By refusing to debate other party leaders, she showed arrogance and contempt for the democratic process.
Her manifesto had no costings and was filled with holes.
And then she showed incompetence and cowardice by reversing the manifesto pledge on social care, within days.
Overall, the vicar’s daughter never had the mettle to be Prime Minister. She lacked charisma, confidence and worst of all showed no signs of believing in any firm policies throughout her entire political career.
She didn’t have the guts or the principles to back Brexit in the first place; and then she spent eight months equivocating over what the negotiating position should be.
So, the biggest winner is Jean Claude Juncker and our opponents in the EU, who will see a weakened leader with no backbone and no support.
Step forward David Davis. The Brexit Secretary is the man of the hour. He must dictate the EU talks and assume greater authority in government. Probably becoming Conservative leader, within a year.
Kudos to Corbyn. The Labour Leader confounded his critics and motivated many new voters to turnout. Even if, like me, you disagree with his policies, most people admired his honesty and conviction… in sharp contrast to what they saw in Mrs May.
It speaks volumes if a Marxist, pacifist, unilateralist, friend of terrorists can come within a whisker of displacing a Conservative Prime Minister.
Thanks for watching.