You couldn’t make it up. I almost feel sorry for Theresa May (TM). Almost. Since her decision to press ahead with business as usual, in an unbelievably inept statement in front of No 10, the house of cards has started to collapse. I don’t know if the Conservative ‘grandees’ know what to do for the best: should they let TM carry on for a while or add to the pressure and ease her out? She’s fatally wounded, but the party top echelons, and the rank and file MPs, need to be reminded THEY voted for her as leader after David Cameron resigned. As a supporter of Labour the temptation to gloat is overpowering, but we need to be careful. There is a real risk of economic collapse if the government can’t govern. A run on the pound isn’t beyond the bounds of possibility. Foreign investment might desert the UK, not only because of the uncertainty of government, but also of an increasingly uncertain Brexit. There’s no certainty that another election would help clarify things.
The situation in Northern Ireland is toxic, and made worse by the failed power sharing executive. Sinn Fein are making hay, but it isn’t a huge leap of the imagination to see paramilitairies on both sides of the sectarian divide taking advantage (with or without encouragement of their political ‘wings’).
Who would take her place? I hear the usual pro-Boris Johnson sentiment, but he seems like an accident waiting to happen (again, and again). He appeared on camera yesterday (having been confirmed as Foreign Secretary) looking, frankly, like he’d been dug out of a rugby club booze-up rather than holder of one of the highest posts in the country. Not Gove (whom he hates and May sacked in favour of Boris Johnson). I think we might see TM ‘crack’ under the pressure (really or as an excuse) sooner rather than later and I don’t see the party going for someone young and untried in the perilous condition we find ourselves in. I think we might see Sir Michael Fallon, currently Defence Secretary, step forward (with all due humility) and accept the heavy burden of office he didn’t seek. If you believe that, you believe in Father Christmas. All in all it’s a disaster, and while I can say “serves you right”, it’s really worrying.