Theresa May Really is ‘Strong and Stable’ | Callum R. Dann

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Another election over. Another democratic process seen through despite recent attempts to stop it. During the post-election season, you are bound to read a lot of articles and a lot of negative commentary on Theresa May. While this phase flattens out, we can all be characterised by a sign that was held up during Margret Thatcher’s funeral. Among the chaos, a silk sign read: “BUT WE LOVED HER”. That is how many Conservative members, supporters and voters were feeling this morning with rumours of May resigning and Corbyn forming the ‘coalition of chaos’. Thankfully, May has proven ‘strong and stable’, standing up to the Party Elite. Is there really an argument to be had for Theresa?

Yes. This election, if nothing else, has proven Theresa May is ‘strong and stable’. She won. She got her mandate, in very uncertain terms.

318 seats. 42.4% of the vote. It was 1983 last time the Conservatives got 42.4%. The left will now claim May does not have a mandate as she does not have majority of the seats. The alt-right will now claim May does not have a mandate as she lost seats. Those sensibly looking at the result will see this is a clear acceptance of May’s policies. Just this morning Labour were saying they were happy to govern in a minority government, yet now they bash and dash Theresa May for carrying out what her party were elected for? Hypocrisy. Holding the most seats and obtaining the highest vote share is a clear instruction that the “many” want Theresa May, more so than want Corbyn – that makes Corbyn “for the few”.

What makes Theresa May ‘strong and stable’, then? In short: she stood against the Conservative elites, Boris Johnson and those stinging for a leadership ballot, and stood defiant outside Downing Street, regardless of her proposed ‘embarrassment’. In long: Theresa May had the “balls” to call this election. No doubt, this was the worst mistake of her political career and she will be punished for it in due course. She then gets wholly ruined in the polls; if Theresa May wasn’t strong and stable she would have walked off and abandoned the fire she started. Instead, she is taking the ship with both hands. Steering it away from the iceberg. That – right there – is what ‘strong and stable’ is. The legacy of ‘Mayism’ will be defiance. She triggered Article 50 and will now see the will of the people is carried out.

The unofficial, working-coalition may not be perfect. Importantly, however, we must remember that it will be the Conservatives running government, not the DUP. The Democratic Unionists will not be dictating government policy. Personal and independent views on the DUP are not something that can be used against Theresa May or the Conservatives. Ask yourself a simple question – if your ‘side’ had won, would you have supported a coalition with the SNP, or Liberal Democrats, or UKIP(!!)? Needless to say, the division and hate currently floating around is simply based on the anger of the left and their denial of the vote. Respect democracy. Respect the voice of the people.

The best thing the left, who are in opposition, could do would be to accept the result. Once the country has accepted the result we can get on with the real debates. Brexit. NHS. Social Care. Etcetera. The exciting prospect of actually having an opposition in this parliament is nothing short of rousing. But post-results, while you stimulate and intoxicate yourself with information, you must accept that Theresa May was strong and stable and she has a democratic mandate to build a government. You shouldn’t forget, Corbyn said no deals yet was getting seemingly touchy-feely with the SNP. The ‘coalition of chaos’ was not some election slogan. It could have been a reality.

‘Strong and stable’. Mayism and May herself sure have their fate secured in history. For better or worse.

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