I (along with a few hundred thousand others) was prompted by the Labour Party today to send Jeremy Corbyn a question he could ask What’s ‘er Name at Prime Minister’s Questions this week. Searching for inspiration, I thought I would look up May’s speech from the steps of No.10 back on the 13th July, 2016. As many will recall, this short speech was jammed packed with platitudes from the One Nation Conservative phrasebook, and it is worth reading now just to fully comprehend how stupid some politicians think ‘the people’ are. I’m not sure if anyone took her words seriously at the time, since there was so little in her record, or of the governments she served in ever seeking to work ‘for the many, not the privileged few.’
How, for example has she addressed her ardently stated belief ‘That means fighting against the burning injustice that, if you’re born poor, you will die on average 9 years earlier than others.’ All the indicators show that the poor are getting poorer, partly through the freezing of benefits and the reduction in public services. None of it reversed by Theresa May.
Then there was this classic: ‘If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.’ Two years after her speech we learned of the Windrush scandal. She really meant what she said didn’t she?
Her long list of problems to be solved – or, in other words – problems that had not been addressed since 2010 is just as long now, if not longer. But shortly, we will no doubt be treated to the same bullshit from whoever three score and ten thousand members of the Tory gerontocracy choose in this current leadership (sic) race to succeed hapless May. Having said which, given Johnson’s known policy commitments thus far, he won’t feel compelled to chuck in a load of bollocks about serving the many rather than the privileged few. He knows which side his bread’s buttered. Even his current partner finds that worthy of comment (as overheard by the neighbours).