May’s Mediocrity Clobbers Corbyn’s Chaos

I have met Theresa May a few times. I found her a perfectly pleasant individual though I disagree with her on many things and have, or at least I believe I have, a fundamentally different world view. I say this because I find it difficult to determine what Mrs May actually believes, other than in her Party and her personal survival in politics. I find this worrying in a Prime Minister. I do, however, believe that Mrs May genuinely thinks she is acting in the best interests of the UK – even if in her somewhat cracked mirror this is identical to the best interests of the Conservative Party. I think she is wrong, not because she is a Conservative, but because she seems incapable of thinking beyond Party management.
I find much of the critique of Mrs May, and the Tories in general, from left of centre pretty threadbare and conducted on a level of abuse guaranteed to alienate the thinking, non partisan voters who need to be persuaded for progressive politics again to prevail. From my limited personal experience and my general observation of Mrs May I don’t think she is ‘nasty’, I just don’t think she is very good.
However I can also, from personal experience, tell you that you can only look as good as you opposition allows you to look. Despite Mrs May’s limited talent and often shrill tone she is now making the leader of the opposition look like an idiot on a weekly basis. In doing so she is settling on the lines of attack that place her in tune with the public mood and emphasise how far from the nation’s pulse is her opposite number.
The photo accompanying this post is the ‘word cloud’ than accompanies the qualitative comments of those found by YouGov to have moved away from Labour site as their reason(s) for not supporting the Party. The shambles created by seeking to impose a three line whip on Labour MPs over the Article 50 Bill lacked both logic and credibility. Once again we have seen non-leadership from this non-leader – a person who, during a campaign more important than any General Election, decided he would go on holiday.
The country was not unanimous in the EU referendum and neither should Parliament be in supporting this Bill and Labour, 70%+ of who’s voters backed Remain needs to reflect the economic and political interests of those people too. Yes, it is a difficult balance to strike, but the decisions over Labour’s position need to be taken by those who understand nuance, compromise and who will act in the long term interests of the UK not to mention have the faintest clue as to how to make the case.