Neil Findlay: May’s Days Are Numbered

In his regular column, Neil Findlay says that the Tories' Brexit strategy is falling apart, and that May's days are numbered. 

The Brexit strategy of this Tory government has gone from farce to tragedy.

In the space of a fortnight the Prime Minister has lost her Brexit Secretary David Davis, her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, two of her party co-chairs, and six other junior ministers.

Strong and stable this is not.

The White Paper released last week has only deepened the gigantic rift in the Conservative Party. May’s time in office will now be defined by only one thing – how she handles our exit from the EU.

By any reasonable assessment, it couldn’t be going much worse.

Whether you voted Remain or Leave, this is unlikely to be the outcome you were hoping for, and it’s one that has been worsened by extremists and buffoons in her cabinet who are putting their ego before the country.

To give David Davis his due, he has been consistent. Unfortunately for us consistently trying to drive the country over a cliff edge isn’t something that is going to help ordinary people put food on the table.

How did Boris Johnson ever come to occupy one of the highest offices of state? Let’s not forget he has been sacked from his role at a newspaper for making up quotes, he said the people of Liverpool were wallowing in ‘victim status’ years after Hillsborough, and gave a fellow reporter’s address to a convicted fraudster so he could go and beat him up.

The resignations of Tweedledum and Tweedledumber were briefly a positive step for the country, but the choice of replacements killed off any positivity rapidly.

Jeremy Hunt has gone from Health, where he spearheaded the selloff of our NHS and has forced junior doctors to launch the first all-out strike in the history of the health service, to the Foreign Office. Presumably he’ll be treating foreign dignitaries with more respect than he did the doctors and nurses of our most prized public institution.

The new Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab is a vast improvement of course...here we have a man who has said foodbank users are “Not someone that’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cash flow problem”. The days when Tories told us that the party had changed and were now pursuing ‘compassionate conservatism’ seem long ago.

No matter who is at the helm we need to pursue a Brexit that ensures a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU, that delivers the exact same benefits we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union, that defends rights and protections and prevents a race to the bottom, and delivers for all regions and nations of the UK.

Whether it’s David Davis or Dominic Raab, the priority will always be the same, creating a Brexit for the few, not the many.

Theresa May could yet survive the Summer, but once she returns from the recess, the knives will be out again.

The Tory rules state you can only push for a vote of no confidence once per year, if she doesn’t deliver the impossible of appeasing the hard Brexiteers and Remainers in her party all at once before then, she will be out.

Whether it’s Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, or someone we are yet to have the pleasure of knowing in all their stupidity, one thing is for sure – it won’t be good news for the working people of this country.

Let’s have a general election and send these Tories packing.

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