Three Wasted Years

BY JON ALEXANDER

So there we have it. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she is to resign on the 7th of June this year.

Many will now point to her tenacity, determination, dedication and principles and try to forge some sort of passable legacy for her, trying to overwrite the fact she achieved next to nothing of note since she came to power in 2016.

Granted, three years isn’t a long time, but she arguably arrived in office with the best start any Conservative Party prime minister has ever been granted – record unemployment, a thriving economy, Labour nearly destroyed, all other parties in turmoil over Brexit, the UKIP threat defeated and 17.4million potential voters.

Things couldn’t, shouldn’t have gone so badly.

Even with Brexit being such a contentious and divisive issue, May should have emerged as a strong and capable leader delivering Brexit and allowing the UK to take its rightful place in the world as an independent nation – proving once and for all that the UK is and should always be in control of its own destiny – no matter where that takes us.

What has Mrs. “Strong and Stable” achieved?

She has managed to reduce the party from 330 MPs to 310, reduced the UK to a laughing stock internationally, stoked internal party fighting to near civil-war levels, enabled Jeremy Corbyn and validated his leadership, united the Labour party, overseen a revitalised Nigel Farage, tried to damage our relationship with America beyond repair, allowed 1,300 Conservative councillors to lose their seats and watched as European elections she said wouldn’t take place see the Tory party potentially wiped out.

People will argue we still have a strong economy, but that was down to Cameron and Osborne’s measures. Can anyone seriously still think, had she not had Brexit to occupy her time, that she wouldn’t have managed to cause that some serious problems with the economy as well?

The sad fact is that Theresa May has managed to return the party to the bad old days of the 90s. Where the party was unravelling before our very eyes. We had a Prime Minister that could barely function, a party steeped in internal conflict and unable to govern and we all know what happened to them.

The most frustrating thing about May’s premiership has been the endless waste of opportunity. This is a point that her supporters seem unable to grasp – everything she has done has not only wasted away what Cameron’s government achieved but also managed to deteriorate the party further.

As a former Conservative Party supporter, back in 2015 I remember the euphoria of winning an election against the odds and finally seeing a Majority Conservative Government after over a decade of trying. That evening, Cameron saw the resignations of Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and of course Nigel Farage. He was unstoppable. The Conservatives were looking at winning the next two elections after that – their “austerity” measures had worked, the country was prospering, Scotland had decided to stay with us, and the opposition party was about to implode. It would take someone of the highest levels of incompetence to destroy all that.

Fast forward to 2017, June. Mrs “Strong and Stable” crying at her lectern, not for the damage she’d done to the party’s future, not for letting down the party and the country, but crying as her own hype dissolved around her ears.

Theresa May will get her legacy. If she’s lucky it will read “The Prime Minister who promised everything and delivered nothing.” Or “The Prime Minister who continually snatched defeat from the jaws of victory”. However, more likely, it’ll be “The Prime Minister who destroyed Brexit, destroyed her party, and destroyed democracy – all for a few more months in the job.”

How very sad.

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