It would appear that the only thing Theresa May is decided on, is being undecided on all else.
In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was painted as a flip-flopper. The idea that May makes Romney look decisive is quite the feat, considering that Mitt wasn’t sure of much at all. Okay, that might be unfair hyperbole, but unlike Romney, May’s flip-flopping doesn’t feel quite so innocent.
Here is a politician who is sly and deceitful. One that very quietly positioned herself as the compromise candidate for the Conservative leadership during the referendum campaign. A Remainer, but not a vocal one, and someone the other side could live with. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this was not strategic, nor was it not May’s intention all along.
Now, the former Remainer is an ardent Brexiteer. I understand accepting the outcome of the referendum and enacting the will of the electorate, but May is now leading a hard-nosed ‘Brexit at any cost’ offensive. That was, and is still not the will of the electorate.
That isn’t even to mention the facts that May swore blind that she would not call an early election, or that she didn’t share the government’s true intentions for Brexit with the public, instead merely offering the empty phrase ‘Brexit means Brexit’. No shit, Theresa. Isn’t that inherent, like ketchup means ketchup? Why say it? You’re just wasting oxygen.
Moreover, May’s blatant and blasé question-avoidance is so frequent and habitual that she’s almost turned it into some kind of art form. Again, here is a politician who is sly and deceitful.
On the other hand, is Jeremy Corbyn. Dependable, trustworthy, and sure in his view of the best course to chart.
It should be said here that a lot is discounted in a short(ish) blog post. This piece is not the whole story. And for a person who sees much of the world as grey, it’s perhaps unrepresentively black and white.
I will admit, Corbyn is flawed – fatally so in some people’s eyes – and say what you will about the Labour leader, but a leader he is nonetheless.
The pre-conceived idea we hold of the archetypal leader serves us no purpose – this belief that a leader is strong and uncompromising, or that being a leader is an innate ability. Ronan Bennett hit the nail on the head when he wrote that Corbyn has been on the right side of history for 30 years, and that good judgement is a true test of leadership.
Bennett points out that Corbyn has consistently made the right call when it mattered. When Corbyn was protesting to end apartheid in South Africa, where was Thatcher? When Parliament voted to intervene in Afghanistan, and Iraq, Corbyn voted against. Likewise for Libya, which May voted for. When it comes to Corbyn voting the right way, it’s the same for many domestic votes too. You can find Bennett’s article here – https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/16/jeremy-corbyn-leadership-david-cameron-libya-labour
The Prime Minister might believe herself to be a strong leader. I, for one, am not sold. Corbyn may not be an archetypal leader either, and he may be flawed in other ways, but at least he isn’t sly and deceitful as well.
Yes, Labour is on its knees, and yes, Labour appears to be in disarray, but if the choice is between Corbyn – a leader with sound judgement, who sticks to his principles and makes the right call when it matters most, and May – an indecisive, faux ‘strong’ leader, who casually misleads and manupulates the public, then give me Corbyn.
Not that party leaders matter anyway.