We should just come out and say it: Theresa May is a dead woman walking. She is unsuited to the role of Prime Minister. She is a weak leader; she doesn’t possess any meaningful leadership skills. She also doesn’t have a political brain. She is leading a Government that limps from one crisis to another. It’s directionless and can’t get the job done. Every time you think she is about to take control and show “strong and stable” leadership, the wheels come off again.
I have said on a number of occasions that if she can make it to Christmas, she will make it to 29 March 2019 – the date we are supposed to be leaving the European Union. As the weeks and months have passed by, it has looked more likely that she will make it to Christmas, but after the events of this week, that is looking increasingly unlikely.
To put it bluntly, if she fails to get a deal with the EU next week to move negotiations forward, she’s toast.
I haven’t a clue who will take over from her. In truth, I don’t think anyone really wants the job at the moment. The only thing that appears to unite the Parliamentary Conservative Party is its desire not to have another general election any time soon. Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas, and Conservative MPs voting for an early election would mean many of them losing their seats.
But there doesn’t have to be an early election if May falls on her sword or is forced out of Downing Street. Our wonderful unwritten constitution allows for prime ministers to come and go without the requirement of troubling the voters, who, in all fairness, don’t like to be troubled too much. We saw that in June. Theresa May sacrificed a position of relative strength on the altar of hubris. We British tend to like our politicians to just get on with the job, no matter how bad the hand is the voters have dealt them, and the hand she inherited from David Cameron was pretty good – infinitely better than the one she has at the moment.
Brexit is too important an issue to leave in the hands of May. She clearly isn’t up to the job and must go. Someone else in the assembled Tory ranks has to be better than what we have now. If no-one steps up to the plate, we will have a Marxist Labour Government under Jeremy Corbyn, with John McDonnell as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Diane Abbott as Home Secretary. If that isn’t enough to jolt Tories from their current bout of sleepwalking, I don’t know what is.