You don’t often get two blog posts out of me in one day but today my brain was just bursting with stuff and I felt compelled to share it. This is the tale of two world leaders, one a model of calm, selfless efficiency and the other a robotic, bull-headed mulish person with no leadership skills and who wouldn’t know the word ‘consultation’ if it biffed her repeatedly in the face. Seriously, what planet is Theresa May on???? She has ploughed forward through repeated defeats, made blunders which would have unseated most Prime Ministers and generally behaves like a two-ton tank driving out of control over a camp-site (hang on, that’s triggering a memory of some sort: I think there’s a film where a steam engine runs over a load of tents. Or is it Dad’s Army? Let’s see if Google knows. Yes! I was right on both fronts: it’s a scene from the film of Dad’s Army. I can’t find a clip but there’s an image here.)
Just from memory alone, here are some of the things the MayRoller has ploughed through which would have unseated any other PM:
- Calling a general election to consolidate her base and instead losing her majority
- Following said general election, paying one billion pounds to the DUP to secure their support. This was a straightforward bribe which, as well as being corrupt, threatened to totally derail the Good Friday peace agreement in Northern Ireland.
- Failing to consult with other parties on a national Brexit strategy
- Failing to exhibit any negotiating skills whatsoever
- Following said failure, bringing her defeated bill back to parliament and attempting to have essentially the same legislation voted on three times (the third time was quite rightly vetoed by the Speaker.)
- Offering bribes to Labour MPs in rundown constituencies in the shape of money for those constituencies if they supported her bill (they quite rightly refused)
- Having no personal skills whatsoever
- Insulting those members of parliament on whose votes she depended
Those are just off the top of my head: I’m sure there are others.
Her strategy seems to consist of shuttling back and forth between Brussels and London until she just wears everyone out. But her opponents show no signs of relenting and even though Labour are not exactly coherent on Brexit we look positively resolute by comparison.
Now let’s consider Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand, one of the youngest world leaders and one of the few to give birth while in office. Following the Mosque attacks she:
- Visited the site and expressed solidarity in the strongest terms
- Took immediate action on gun control and announced legislation on assault weapons: an amnesty has already brought in thousands of these guns and as of now people will not be able to get a licence so although they are technically on sale there’s no point in buying one.
- Announced that since notoriety was one of the attacker’s aims, his name would never be mentioned by her
These strike me as measures which are both strong and compassionate: would that America did the same after a school massacre (incidentally, since Trump’s solution to these events is to arm the teachers, would he suggest that NZ arms the Imams? I suspect not.)
Well there you go: two posts in one day. I must be feeling better.