Former Foreign Secretary, and one time Tory leader, William Hague has said he thinks the outcome of June's general election was a "mistake"*, for failing to return the Tories to power with a majority, increased or otherwise, thus weakening the hand of the British Government in the Brexit negotiations.
This is, of course, nonsense. The UK is leaving the EU; the "British" people, in fact the English (and the Welsh), have told the EU "up EUr's". Therefore, the strength or weakness of the British Government vis-a-vis its people, is utterly irrelevant to the EU and its negotiators.
If the Maybot hadn't malfunctioned, and she'd won the majority she wished for, it wouldn't have made even the slightest bit of difference to EU negotiators. Having unexpectedly won a majority at the 2015 general election, David Cameron (remember him?) had a mandate -one I suspect he would rather he'd never got - to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU.
That was a mandate that mattered; the EU knew it, and even then, they were never going to give enough to satisfy Brexiteers. Now that we are on our way out, the best the UK will get, is a deal that is mutually beneficial, but gives nothing like the benefits of EU membership. May's mandate, or lack thereof, as much as makes no difference.
If the Mail (on Sunday) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4826482/Theresa-sets-date-quit-Prime-Minister.html and Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-sets-date-shell-quit-11061894 are to be believed (they generally aren’t), Theresa May is to stand down as Prime Minister on August 30 2019. It is reported that by making her date of departure known, May hopes to avoid a leadership challenge between now and then, enabling Team Theresa to see the Brexit negotiations through, before making way for a successor who will fight the next general election.
How is it that having made a monumental mess of the last general election, May isn’t considered competent to fight the next one, yet is left to carry on carrying out the most crucial negotiations the UK has undertaken in my lifetime? Put simply, if she’s not good enough for August 2019, surely she’s not good enough for August 2017.
Presumably, we’ve to pretend that the Tories, for the sake of continuity in these crucial times, have put country before party, and decided on balance, it’s best for Theresa May to continue for now. Pfft. As if. I’d suggest it’s more likely that no would-be Tory leader is willing to pick up the poisoned chalice that is the Brexit process.
And anyway, who would replace her? Of the 2016 Tory leadership candidates (Crabb, Fox, Gove, and Leadsom), May remains the least worst. If the 2019 Tory leadership candidates are indeed to be a bampot, a bore, a buffoon, and a bygone (Davis, Hammond, Johnson, and Rees-Mogg), they’ll be replacing one roaster with another.
Are we really so lacking in self-esteem that we feel Scotland’s future is safer in the harsh hands of Tory halfwits, Latin-speaking or otherwise, than had we declared independence, or that a successful independent Scotland any more pie in the sky than cloud Corbyn land? Come on!