It’s a paradox, but while today has been one of the Tories messiest, the in-fighting and backbiting does appear mainly to be personal now, not political. Deeply personal, Four-letter word personal.But it’s not really about anything, not among the five leadership candidates anyway. Look at what they are actually saying, and you discern a certain unity that we perhaps have forgotten the Conservative party was capable of. It may not last, it may not suit some of the old guard, but it was all there in Theresa May’s lunch speech today. For one thing, she and the others all appear to be putting their ghastly divided over Europe behind them. She the Remainer, yielding to Leave.
Brexit it means Brexit, the campaign was fought, the vote was held, turnout was high, the public gave their verdict. Well, there’re voices that don’t agree, but it’s not much of an issue in this leadship election. Then there’s another refrain you’re hearing from the candidates, that it’s time to have an elite weakening,opportunity supporting, class-ridding form of capitalism.
Because Britain still needs a government that is capable of delivering a programme of serious social reform, and realising a vision of a country that truly works for everyone. Will see what all that means, but there’s one other thing: A pivot is going on as well. All that austerity stuff, you know, getting borrowing down, everything the party has been doing for six years. Well, it was looking difficult,so now’s an opportunity to junk it.
We should no longer seek to reduce a budget surplus by the end of the parliament. Before 2020 there is a choice between spending, further spending cuts, more borrowing and tax rises, the priority must be to avoid tax increases, since they will disrupt consumption, employment and investment.
In one bound of there free of some of the difficult finanical decisions that we’re facing. I suspect other candidates will follow suit and the fiscal targets are now toast. So, in police, Theresa May and the others are sounding broadly aligned. Now that, what about Theresa May the person she has risen to front runner status by doing everything that no one else does. She’s not the most personable of candidates, she doesn’t butter up the back benchers in the teabar. She’s not the charismatic communicator that Boris Johnson is, she doesn’t play the meida, Her line is that she gets on with the job. Hears Katie Rattle:
It was the first track she chose when she appeared on desert island discs, but Theresa May has never felt she had to walk like a man to achieve her political ambitions. Today the bookie’s favourite to be Tory leader launched her bid to become the second ever female Prime Minister female of Britain.
I’m not a showy politician, I don’t know where the television studios, I don’t gossip about people over lunch, I don’t go drinking in Parliament’s bars. I don’t often wear my heart on my sleeve. I just get on with the job in front of me. and I’m Theresa May, I think I’m the best person to be Prime Minister of this country.
Well, Theresa has never played by what people have come to regard as the normal rules of politics of doing favours, getting favours in return, She’s always been absolutely straightforward and saying, “I’ve got a job to do, I’ll get on with that job and I’ll do it to the best of my ability, and people will judge me on that. And in a sense it’s the way politicians used to operate before the completed meida-saturated age.
But let’s not kid ourselves with…An anti-politician then, and the ultimate survivor. How has may became frontrunner? Her first foray into public consciousness came with a speech to Tory conference is a realative nonentity. You know what some people call us? The nasty party. It was a watershed moment and the attempts to break with her party’s toxic past, although not everyone want to hear it.
Theresa May doesn’t yearn to be liked, but that didn’t stop her rising up the ranks under various Conservative leaders. Her reputation is as a conscientious hard worker, who put incrediablly long hours As the longest serving Home Secretary in 50 years, she’s championed gay marriage and other progressive causes, but also the likes of the snooper’s charter. There have been riots on her watch
and she has presided over the failed polices to bring down imigration. But it’s her stand-off with the police that’s…If you do not change of your own accord, we will impose change on you.
I think that slight straight-forward way has actually won her a lot of fans from MPs who have only known her really as Home Secretary. Previous home secretaries have had all sorts of things going on, but she’s not shied away from the hard things. May has been compared with Angela Merkel. Both have an immense grasp of detail, both take a pragmatic approach. In her bid to be leader, May has already dropped her long-standing opposition to the European Convention on human rights, to appeal to the party’s liberal wing. Her position during the referendum too appear as pragmatic on the remain side, but remaining aloof.
Well, Far be it from me to interfere with the Tory leadership campaign, we’ve got enough problems of our own. But I think she’s played it very cannily in her own interests in terms of the European referendum campaign, by keeping a low profile, But that is very much her style. and we are in an era where people are both sick of flamboyant politics, as we’ve known it, even when they are sightly attracted by it. She may be able to benefit from that anti-politics, as we’ve known it, that low-key, that slightly more reserved and more thoughtful aspects, who knows?
If she does become Conservative leader, Theresa May will have done it without playing by the normally accepted rules of politics. It will make her the first Home Secretary since Winston Churchill to reach the very top.
Reports suggest Theresa May is exhausting to negotiate with, grinding her opponents down, There’re suggestions David Cameron avoided confrontations with his Home Secretary, and left her bid flaters. Those skills perhaps may appear useful as Brexit looms. Katie arouse there was a quick look now, what we think the state of play is in terms of MPs Andrea Leadsome on 14, and Gove on 12.
Doen’s mean too much at this stage.
Well, I’m joined now by the Cabinet Office, the Cabinet Office Matthew Hancock. Uhm…Who are you going to support? Well, I think Anybody who has watched the news knows that we are in incredibly difficult times and we need somebody with a steady hand on the tiller, who’g got proven leadership credentials. So I will be backing Theresa May.
Why not Michael Gove? Well, I go back a long way with Michael. And I think that he is a brilliant man, but I think right now, given everything that has happened over the past week, especially, we need somebody who is steady and steadfast, and determined… And over six years at the Home Office, you know, one of the most successful home secretaries in history you could argue, I think Theresa May is the person, right now, to provide that stability.
I mean you’ve told us, this hasn’t been announced before you got here, have you spoken to George Osborne about your decision to back Theresa May? I did tell him today. I mean I would have supported George if he ran. But he decided not to run.And so, I…I hadn’t declared and…now I am. Becuase you know, Each day that passes, I think the country, more and more, is looking for stability and certainty and a clear way forward. She has got that leadership. I mean, She is also (the same sort of…)comes from the same sort of one Nation heritage that I care deeply about.