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She’s no Maggie


Ladies and gentlemen, our new Prime Minister. After a firehose of yellow journalism was turned on any competitors until they all dropped out, there will not even be a vote of the party faithful. She will be installed this week.

By way of introduction, this is the woman who coined the term “the nasty party” for her own party — and it wasn’t a compliment. She often sounds more Labour than Tory. She speaks approvingly of taxes as “the price we pay to live in a civilized society” (like they don’t pay taxes in the world’s shit-holes). She’s been our Home Secretary for the past six years, and has made a reputation as an appeaser and squish.

In short, a dreadful choice.

And my bike is still busted. But my new video card is on the way!


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 11, 2016, 10:30 pm

Condolences…at least you don’t have Justin Trudeau.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: July 11, 2016, 10:38 pm

Apparently, the Tories havent gotten the message…

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 11, 2016, 11:36 pm

Rich woman? Poor woman? Beggar woman? Prime Minister? Thief?

Three out of five?

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: July 12, 2016, 1:28 am

Yeah, and we’re going to get the Hilda Beeston and her posse. Bog help us all.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: July 12, 2016, 1:29 am

Arggggh! Hildabeest! Damn autocorrect!

Comment from p2
Time: July 12, 2016, 3:26 am

looks like one of the python pepperpot ladies……

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: July 12, 2016, 4:47 am

She started out by saying that there would be a Brexit. But then again, she voted against it in the election. We will see. From what I have seen, Brits have no more reason to believe their politicians than we do ours, regardless of party.

Does there seem to be any undercurrent of impending piss-offedness if they pull a bait and switch on Brexit, immigration, trade, etc.? Not that there is all that much that the people can do over there.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 12, 2016, 5:54 am

So why did Farage quit? Isn’t this the exact time the UKIP party should be running around pointing that Lady May is squishy on Brexit?

Its also tough for us Amerikaners to understand how the Brits can change PMs without asking for a vote. Its like Obama handing off the presidency to Hillary without an election, right? What happened to the senior body – the House of Lords? Don’t they have a voice in any of this?

I’m starting to lose some of my anglo-philia over all this.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: July 12, 2016, 6:26 am

Sweas, I had someone mention something about Theresa May that worried me.

Pam Geller, blogger at ATLAS SHRUGS, counter-Jihadist, and conservative commentator; and Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch and author of “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades” were banned from the UK for being anti-Muslim. And that May was the Home Secretary that banned them. Do you know if that is true, and if so that may be far more indicative of her sympathies than is comforting?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 12, 2016, 7:49 am

I think I remember that, Subotai Bahadur. At any rate, she has a rep as Muslim appeaser, admirer of sharia law and, as Home Secretary, in large measure the author of our current immigration/refugee woes.

In case it isn’t clear, that’s her in the picture donning the headscarf to meet with Muslim leaders.

No, the Tories haven’t gotten the message.

Comment from Tom
Time: July 12, 2016, 8:51 am

Brexit: God giveth with one hand.

May as PM: And He taketh with the other.

Comment from Gregory Kong
Time: July 12, 2016, 9:26 am

@tomfrompv: In Parliamentary democracy, the legislative branch and the executive branches of government are one and the same. You have a two-house Parliament (House of Commons and House of Lords, in this case), and the General Elections held every 5 years or so are for Members of Parliament in the lower house (basically, your Congresscritter equivalents).

The leader of the party that has the highest number of seats in Parliament (well, actually, whoever manages to form the government, based on the number of votes in Parliament, so you can actually have minority party governments who have fewer seats than the other party, but who also have independent MPs support it) gets to become the Prime Minister. The PM is not a President and does not get elected by the people directly (although, obviously, he or she must be a sitting MP).

What happens here is that the leader of the Conservative party has indicated that he will resign as PM – which requires that he resign as party leader as well. The new leader of the Conservative party, who still has the mandate from the previous election in 2015, will then become PM.

Yes, there is some call for a snap GE, because the results of the referendum could be construed as a vote of no confidence in the current Conservative government, but the Conservatives are not obliged to do so.

Does that help clarify matters a bit? Different such Westminster systems do things differently, but in general, the procedure is as I have laid out.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 12, 2016, 10:37 am

To clear up a couple of points, the essence of the situation over here is that in the UK (in theory at any rate) we vote for an MP, who is in the House of Commons to represent his or her constituency. These MPs then vote to elect a leader of their party. If that party can form a majority in the house, their leader becomes PM. If that leader stands down, and it has happened several times before, it is up to the majority to elect another leader/PM.

It used to be the case that an election would fall due either if no party could form a majority in the H of C or when one fell due because the appropriate time had elapsed.

To answer Subotai Bahadur’s question, yes, people are very pissed off indeed. It’s not because we have had a change of PM (most wanted rid of Cameron) but because the majority party (the Tories) didn’t want Brexit at all and when we voted to instruct them what we wanted, put up a series of candidates, most of whom Brexiters wouldn’t have wasted their energies spitting at.

The entire British establishment, from the phony Right of Times and the Daily Mail to the far Left BBC, united against the one candidate who was pro-Brexit (Andrea Leadsom) in favour of Theresa May, an anti-Brexit, Sharia-appeasing harpy (who did, indeed, ban Ms Gellar and whose stance on individual liberty would have gone down well with Uncle Joe).

Having decided to back May, the media then launched the most ferocious assault on Mrs Leadsom who buckled under the onslaught, probably realising that even if she had won, she would never be allowed to become a successful PM, as most Tory MPs (unlike most Party members) and the entire media were ranged against her.

It is indeed a mess and we have been insulted, ripped-off, sneered at, lied to and betrayed by our political class, once again (sound familiar?). Used as most are to that, they might have overstepped the mark this time but that remains to be seen.

I have a few reels of piano wire in the shed, just in case…

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 12, 2016, 12:11 pm

If she is wearing the scarf to meet with Muslims, she has committed a major fau paux by letting her hair show. That is a major no-no. Almost an insult.

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: July 12, 2016, 7:21 pm

In fairness, banning Gellar is mere proof of good taste and sense.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 12, 2016, 8:24 pm

Thanks for the info guys, I’ll have to read up on Parliamentary systems. I still think its like Obama handing off the White House to Hillary without bothering the citizens with a vote. But that’s just me.

And its confusing! Cameron said he resigned because as an opponent of the Brexit, he just couldn’t lead the UK to do the deed. So, what happens? They select another opponent of the Brexit to do the deed. I’m sorry, it makes no sense. Why not pick a Brexit supporter in the Conservative party?

And while all this “kabuki theater” is going on, the REAL Brexiteers, this UKIP party, has its leader Farage resign. OTOH, the Mayor of London (party??) is implementing his own foreign policy.

Its just weird. To me, it seems there is way more going on behind the scenes.

I like the piano wire though.

Comment from dissent555
Time: July 12, 2016, 9:30 pm

This is depressing.

When do they start up with the Hunger Games?

Comment from dissent555
Time: July 12, 2016, 9:54 pm

The USA Today is gushing over May being a virtual Thatcher clone.

So when will the Brits start celebrating May Day?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 12, 2016, 10:15 pm

She’s a woman. She’s a Tory. She’s going to be PM.

That’s close enough for USA Today. They never were very bright.

Comment from Gregory Kong
Time: July 13, 2016, 5:05 am

@tomfrompv: “I still think its like Obama handing off the White House to Hillary without bothering the citizens with a vote.”

The analogous event would be when Nixon resigned as a result of Watergate, and Ford took over as President. Both from the Republican party, Nixon was still carrying out his term in office when he resigned, and Ford was his VP. It’s not a perfect analogy, but it comes closer. The Conservatives were just elected in 2015, so Cameron could rightly see his staying as PM until 2020.

By the by, I find it ironic, actually, that Nixon was hounded out of office for abuse of power allegations that we now routinely expect from our politicians, especially those of the left (or now I should say authoritarian) side.

As for the Tory leadership electing a Remaniac, well, you have to understand that they are seriously out of touch with their base (or they simply don’t give a fuck, which is more likely, not that both couldn’t be true). Theresa May is making all the noises about Brexit meaning Brexit. We shall see, I suppose. Cameron resigned because he didn’t want to do the work and have his successor claim the credit, basically.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 13, 2016, 8:05 am

Thanks Gregory, that does make sense. I can see now why Cameron left too. And the Tories seem like our Republicans — no idea what the voters want. Are they corrupted by the banks/corps like the Repubs and Hillary? Or just well-off twits in the Monty Python sense.

And UKIP. What happened with Farage?

Comment from Gregory Kong
Time: July 13, 2016, 12:27 pm

He’s achieved his goals, it’s taken a toll on his marriage and his relationship with his kids and family, he’s been getting death threats and assassination offers put out against him, you know, the usual. Farage Derangement Syndrome from the usual suspects.

Comment from OldFert
Time: July 13, 2016, 6:49 pm

Will miss Farage. I loved his rants in the EU babblemeetings.

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