Sunday, 10th March 2013
THERESA MAY: COULD SHE BE THE NEXT TORY LEADER? – What makes a leader of any political party? Or should the question be better posed; what do the people want of a political leader?
Both questions are relevant and critical if a person is going to successfully lead a political party, so let’s take each of the questions and provide a definitive answer.
What makes a leader of any political party?
From the start it requires a will of iron and the ability to lead a group of people, the cabinet ministers. It is not simply a case of leading these people down a path that the leader feels is the correct one; planning and implementation must be derived and executed by the will of the entire cabinet. A leader must lead them as one and to do this requires great deal of diplomacy, foresight and the ability to stand firm.
What do the people want of a political leader?
The most people often feel let down by their elected representatives. This often comes down to the lack of integrity; which then breeds contempt from the public. You could stop anyone in the street and ask them their views on politicians and most, if honest, would describe their job as little more than well-seasoned and skillful liars.
What the people really want is someone who will do what they say, admit their failings when things go wrong and above all lead the country in a direction that the people demand.
It all seems so simple and quite frankly it is. However, politicians, by their very nature are conniving and scheming liars; who couldn’t muster sufficient moral fortitude to fill a thimble.
How many times have we heard David Cameron tell us that he is going to take affirmative action only to avoid actual implementation? Words appear to pour from his mouth like silk in the wind and this hollow rhetoric is a stereotype of the average politician – speak the words that people want to hear and then skillfully dodge the subject until another issue presents itself to provide amnesia from the previous issue.
There are whispers, nay raised voices, that if David Cameron loses the next General Election Theresa May it going to make an aggressive move for the leadership of the Tory Party.
Theresa May is a seasoned politician, words which most people would associate with a liar. However, all people should be given the benefit of the doubt and if Theresa May is going to lead the Tory Party now is the time to show her stars; the bell has clearly rung but dancing around a ring is one thing and throwing and taking punches is something entirely different.
As Home Secretary, Theresa May has been trying to give the public justice, by removing criminals and terrorists from the UK, such as Adu Qatada. Unfortunately if her potential leadership is going to be based on actual performance then Theresa May, like all politicians gone before, will be labeled ineffectual and probably just another liar.
But wait; can we not give Theresa May the benefit of the doubt? In all fairness the lack of her progress, just taking Adu Qatada as one example is not her doing. Theresa May is tied up with both UK and EU legislation, formulated by previous government, which now restrict her powers to deport these undesirables.
Last week, we featured an article on how Theresa May wants the UK to pull out of the controversial European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and scrap the Human Rights Act 1998. It is this entity and legislation that previous parliament approved that now prevents Theresa May, and our judicial system, from taking measures that would allow the deportation of criminals and terrorists.
“Are we restricting our ability to act in the national interest? Are we conceding that our own Supreme Court is not supreme? I believe we are. I want to be clear that all options – including leaving the Convention altogether – should be on the table. And a Conservative Government will scrap the Human Rights Act.” Theresa May
These are, without doubt, strong words and a definitive stance; but will she be able to get enough cabinet ministers and back-benchers on board to support such a move.
I believe, and always will, that decisions such as these should be taken out of the hands of the politicians and be handed to the people through a referendum. We live in an age of electronic communication and creating a system to allow people to vote on particular issues is not that difficult – after all aren’t we supposed to be living in a democracy?
Theresa May certainly has spine and a conviction in what she believes in; maybe it’s time for David Cameron to own up that he is not up to the job of leading this government and step aside for someone who appears prepared.
If a vote of no-confidence was initiated against David Cameron and Theresa May was elected leader of the party, and therefore current Prime Minister, the people would easily be able to determine her ability by whether she can take her words and act upon them.
If her views on the EU and its meddling of our justice system are true then we could even see, under her leadership an EU referendum before 2014 and we could finally see our sovereign state restored.
The good ship HMS Britain is on a collision course with the EU has it continues to tighten its grip on all aspects of governing the UK and the people’s lives. We need a leader with moral integrity, one with a backbone and one who is willing to provide a democratic framework for the people.
If a situation arose tomorrow, where Theresa May made a play for leadership of the Tory Party, would you give her your support? Leave your comments below.