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!