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A Thatcheristic failure called Theresa A Thatcheristic failure called Theresa
by Thanos Kalamidas
2017-09-09 11:09:04
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If Theresa May’s aim was to show with undeniably facts that Brexit was the worst possible scenario for Britain and the referendum a historical mistake, then she’s perfect for the job. If that’s not her aim and she seriously thinking to act as the prime minister who took Britain out of the European Union then …Britain is in deep shit and there is no other way to put it.

may1_400Theresa May was never one of the brightest stars in the Conservative Party. A middle class, neo-rich from marriage, a populist opportunist who grew up in politics idolizing Margaret Thatcher as a powerful woman but never understanding her, what she represented and what she believed in. After all, May lacks the intellectual sophistication to understand anything further the surface. She became prime minister out of pure luck and incompetence of her contemporary Tories. She was just there, in the right place the right time and while the rest of them were on each other throats, seriously damaging each other with Boris acting as usually irresponsibly crazy.

Lack of any kind of ideology also means lack of plan. Theresa May never had a plan in her life doesn’t matter where she served. She served for more than ten years as shadow secretary in most shadowy positions and then she became Minister for Women and Equalities for six years constantly showing off her …shoes and her Thatcherism posture or haircut. As Home Secretary for the next four years she was all that plus the fact that she had often the chance to prove her ignorance, prejudice and xenophobia. Every time she decided to do something, Cameron’s government ratings were taking a dive. Actually most Tories, including Cameron, believed that these four years in the Home Office would end her career. Well, they didn’t and now she’s the Brexit Prime minister.

Theresa May in this confused and grotesque pack of often conflicted ideas she has and calls ideology – adding a bit of Maggie’s pictures here and there – what she really believes into is the same thing Donald Trump wants us to think that he believes in but twisted; for May it’s all about Make Britain Great Again. And if the Trump had a bit of brain and a bit of logic, watching May would have been a major lesson on how sad this MAGA really is.

In a world made the last sixty years out of cooperation and alliances where each member depends from the other to maximize results (mainly economic), pulling out of this chain and expect the others to accept that you can use them like colonies apart from attracting anger it also leads to isolation. And in a world of global economy and internet, isolation is the worst thing that can happen to you with the cost unmanageable.

Just four months after the beginning of the negotiations with EU for the Brexit, May’s government has done every single mistake by the book. And sadly this book …leaked and leaked form Theresa’s very own Home Office. While the British negotiator, David Davis, tries to persuade Brussels to a soft approach regarding the Irish-British boarders, where people and goods will be able to move from North to South (EU territory) easily and without much of control a paper leaked that puts a blueprint on how Britain will deal with EU citizens after the Brexit.

The leaked paper proposes draconian measures to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants – offering them residency for a maximum of only two years, in a document likely to cheer hardliners in the Tory party. Those in “high-skilled occupations” will be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years. The document also describes a phased introduction to a new immigration system that ends the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants – and places tough new restrictions on their rights to bring in family members. Potentially, this could lead to thousands of families being split up. Also, showing a passport will be mandatory for all EU nationals wanting to enter Britain – and the paper proposes introducing a system of temporary biometric residence permits for all EU nationals coming into the UK after Brexit for more than a few months.

Finally the leaked paper shows May’s determination to end free movement from day one, end the role of the European court of justice and extend elements of May’s “hostile environment” measures, to long-term EU migrants without residence permits so they will leave Britain.

The irony and the hypocrisy? While talking about the British citizens who live and work inside EU, the British negotiator talking about their rights and protection used as an argument rulings …of the European court of justice.

So now it is clear that May is leading to a hard Brexit following the Trumpian dogma paraphrased: Make Britain Great Again. What she will soon realize is that the Germans want to Make Germany Great Again, the French want to Make France Great Again, the Dutch want to Make Holland Great Again and another twenty three members want to Make their Country Great Again and the European Union with only some improvement is Great!

Regardless to say that if May is expecting Trump to save her, she forgets that the Trump want to Make America Great Again and he doesn’t really give a shit about Britain except if he has profit and Britain behaves as a colony.


       
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