Theresa May has long been seen as a ‘career politician’, whom is not necessarily a woman of principle but rather a politician of career advancement with her eyes on the top job. The evidence from her role as Home Secretary paints that picture easily enough, before we analyse anything she’s said or done as Prime Minister, for it was Theresa May that was compared to Nick Griffin in that famous Guardian headline back in 2015 after she
proclaimed that there was ‘no net benefit to mass immigration’. This is ironic when one considers the fact that as Home Secretary, Theresa May allowed record numbers of immigrants into Britain in a time when net migration was at its highest rate ever. Her speech in 2015 was about keeping the right people happy, whilst carrying out her role in the ‘right’ way to keep it.
Sadly, it is this Theresa May that has taken up residence in Number 10 Downing Street.
The Conservative Party conference in 2016 left many of those to whom our Prime Minister claimed to be speaking with a positive impression. Those of us seemingly forgotten by the political classes, who’s vision of the world differs greatly from the sort that is cooked up at Islington dinner parties or Bilderberg Club group therapy sessions – it was these people to whom the Prime Minister was talking when she made her vaguely nationalistic statements about belonging and identity, alongside the positive economic promises to intervene in the markets and ensure that the ‘little guy’ was not left behind whilst the big boys eat up all the profits, something which has sadly become a by-product of free-trade.
However, those very same people will be left dismayed upon hearing May’s vision of a ‘global Britain’, one which she recently laid out to the country but more importantly, laid out to the Davos World Economic Forum. Unfortunately, the PM appears to have two versions of what Britain will look like after leaving the European Union. Firstly, she has the version detailed at the Conservative Party conference, which promised to create an ‘economy that works for everyone’ as well as to control immigration and build a stronger sense of national identity. The other vision the Prime Minister has for Britain is that of a ‘Singapore without the sun’, I.E a free market tax haven, in which the rich get richer and the little guy stays exactly where he is.
Mrs May went to Davos recently to proclaim that Britain would be a pioneer of free-market economics, a rather different tone to her previous comments about increased state intervention. She claimed that Britain would champion ‘liberal democracy’ and that the high and mighty of this world must bring the people along with them in their quest for this globalist utopia that they believe possible to build. She spoke of a ‘proud multi-ethnic, multi-faith society’, when even arch-liberal David Cameron had the stones to stand up and say that Great Britain is a Christian nation and that ‘multiculturalism had failed’.
Is it not that exact same globalism that 17 million people voted against last June? Is it not the overly tolerant, multi-ethnic society that has seen British communities changed beyond recognition over the past 3 decades? These causes that Mrs May championed in front of the world’s economic string-pullers are the very policies that have caused the problems that those ‘getting by no getting on’ (to quote the PM herself) are currently suffering from. It is this multi-faith society that has become a breeding ground for the extremism that has caused our country to become a police state over the past decade, thanks to the rise of radical Islam in Great Britain.
These issues, whilst not directly affected by the technicalities of leaving the European Union, are indeed those most important in the minds of those who voted to leave. These issues are also the very same that have been addressed in two different ways by Mrs May, depending on her audience. Whilst preaching about ‘one rule for the elite and another rule for the people’, she is in the same breath promising one thing to the people, but another to the elite group, attempting to position herself somewhere in the middle.
It seems that Mrs May didn’t get the memo: you cannot be all things to all people. She must decide on who she wishes to serve, will it be the bankers and the big corporate interests, or will it be the people of the United Kingdom? Is it their Brexit, or the people’s Brexit? Only time will tell, but the people’s patience for careerist politicians is very rapidly running dry.