There will be a slight inturrption to the series on defining because I really want to write a post about the points Duncan Weldon made about Theresa May’s maiden speech today, they were all great points, but done in an 8 Tweet mini storm. They deserve more attention than that. Certainly better than my observation that it was vomit inducing and Robert Peston who found himself humming Two Little Boys during the Brownlee brothers bit. Like I said I was too busy throwing up and not because of flu. I will also add a point about The Great Repeal Act that nobody seems to have thought of. Anyway on with the show.
1.May-ism is hard to define. It’s an inclusive but exclusionary approach. “Ordinary British families” are included…
It’s very hard indeed but really it’s just traditional back to the 50’s stuff for the Tories and a speeecch aimed at a “hideously white” audience. May-ism will be nothing more than holding the party together to keep out Corbyn, hence the major sops to the hardline Brexiteers.
2….and the outsiders are immigrants, “elites” and perhaps the top of the city and business.
An easy home run for May, we always need scapegoats after all and to keep UKIP at bay whilst they join Labour in collective breakdown. The top of the City, and the City as a whole, will always be protected along with big business. We already knew that.
3. (Very) Tough approach to immigration coupled with a focus on housing and industrial policy, less emphasis on “sound money”.
Osborne’s missed targets have become a national joke and the Tories have never practised sound money, just sound bites. The focus has been on house building for more years than a Chillcot report. The (very) tough approach to immigration has to be seen to be believed. Immigrants come to booming economies whether you say they can or not.
4. It’s not traditional centre ground stuff. But it’s a clear pitch to winning 40-45% in a general election.
Traditional centre ground stuff? This is about as bat excrement crazy as it comes and designed to finish UKIP, they’ve served their purpose. As to needing 40-45% to beat Corbyn she could achieve that even whilst promising to slaughter every new born child for a month. It is only the lack of a credible opposition that allows this frankly insane and alarming pitch.
6. In some ways the big question is: will Brexit leave much space for the rest of the agenda?
This is the big question in every way and is why the tough immigration, houses and kindness to the working class will never happen. What a joyous excuse to have, it’ll be just like being on hold when your broadband connection has gone down.
7. Also worth noting – May-ism seems to have become harder edged since July.
Now be fair Duncan, she hadn’t had her instructions from Murdoch in July and now she has. So it’s all out we love the working class, we’ll sort those nasty bosses out,immigrants Boo! Hiss! Pesky Blighters! I am very broad minded, I hope, but I find it just a teensy weensy bit hard to believe that the modern Tory party is about to become the saviour of the working class. My mother always told me “be careful what you wish for”. The working class and many Brexiteers are going to learn this brutal truth the hard way.
8. Final thought: whatever this is, it isn’t “neoliberalism”.
Pantomime season is almost upon us so my only reaction to this is “Oh yes it is!” I will bet £10 to a half sucked smartie she didn’t believe even 5% of the total garbage she spouted at conference. I am in the process of defining Neo-liberalism, or it’s rules, here and here and this is exactly Neo-liberalism. Well, except it isn’t because the first rule of Neo- liberalism is that there is no such thing. May will weave a narrative that will win the next election even though this seriously ultra agenda will alienate many Brexiteers along the way. Did anyone vote for a pogram?
Having stolen 8 of Duncan Weldon’s thoughts, do give him a follow on Twitter, I’d like to add one of my own. Theresa May is, allegedly, a reluctant remainer whilst I was reluctantly Brexit. I gave my vote to my God-daughter, who is 16 because it was her future rather than mine in question, such a lovely get out. I honestly had no idea how to vote. To give you a flavour of what’s coming I refer you to The Great Repeal Act that is to come.Now for some bizarre reason “repeal” doesn’t seem to mean what i thought repeal meant so let’s check the dictionary.
- revoke or annul (a law or act of parliament).“the legislation was repealed five months later”
synonyms: revoke, rescind, cancel, reverse, abrogate, annul, nullify, declare null and void, make void, void, invalidate, render invalid, quash, abolish, set aside, countermand, retract, withdraw, overrule, override; More
nounnoun: repeal; plural noun: repeals
- 1.the action of revoking or annulling a law or act of parliament.“the House voted in favour of repeal”
Sorry if that looks a bit of a car crash but I would concentrate on the antonyms, Introduce, Enact and Ratify. The first step of The Great Repeal Act will be to enshrine all EU law into UK law. Call me a pedant if you will but that does’nt sound like repealling anything to me, in fact, it sounds like adding EU law, like the antonyms, exactly the opposite. this is all fine and dandy of course the intention is to revise, review and delete said laws…
But what if it never happens? A simple scenario, we trigger article 50 on 02/04/17 does that sound plausible to you John Ward? Hint major rule chnges occur after that date. Let’s fast forward to April 2019, in the public mind 2016 and the referendum will be ancient history, will any agreements have been reached? It hardly stretches the imaginoation to think not. So, a compromise agreement to remain for say another 2 years, you know, just whilst negociations take place. Sooner or later it will be just like Brexit never happened because it never did.
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