Jumping Ship in Britain
by Stephen Lendman
Theresa May’s political gambit failed, her political future in doubt. Tories partnering with Democratic Unionist Party MPs an alliance of necessity, not an ideal match.
The DUC was the only major political party refusing to take part in negotiations preceding the 1998 consummated Good Friday Agreement, resolving issues relating to sovereignty, civil and cultural rights, decommissioning of weapons, justice and policing.
Its history is rebellious. Agreeing to ally with Tories to form a new government means they got things they want in return, if promises made are fulfilled, always in doubt, never sure.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stressed Conservatives “lost in this election. He’s “ready to do everything (possible) to “put out his program,” saying “we need a change.”
“We gained seats in every region in the country. We won three million more votes (than last election) on a much higher turnout. I think that is a very good result,” he said.
Labour supports ending austerity once and for all. Tories want it toughened, more for business and militarism, less for ordinary people. The tide is turning against them, their brand damaged, Theresa May personal standing in trouble.
On Friday and Saturday, demonstrators marched on Downing Street, protesting against the Tory/DUC alliance – chanting slogans “Tories out, refugees in,” and “Tories out, Corbyn in.”
On Saturday, May’s chiefs of staff Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy resigned, clearly disappointed with Thursday’s result, Hill, likely with tongue in cheek saying:
“It’s been a pleasure to serve in government, and a pleasure to work with such an excellent Prime Minister.”
“I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister – and do it brilliantly.”
Timothy took responsibility for a failure to communicate to voters. He “regret(ted) the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care” – a first time ever plan for seniors to pay home care costs, the largest stealth tax in UK history, according to some observers.
In a scathing UK Times op-ed, former Downing Street communications director Katie Perrior blasted Hill and Timothy for “rude(ness), abusive(ness) (and) childish behavior,” for measuring success by “how many enemies they had locked up.”
She called her No. 10 tenure a “painful 10 months,” May on very shaky ground after losing a solid Tory majority last Thursday.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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