If somebody were to have a brain transplant from Maggie Thatcher and a heart transplant from Gordon Brown you'd get something very close to our current prime minister which may be why she resembles one of the melting Nazis from Raiders of the Lost Ark. But, pleasantries aside, this speech of hers marks a momentous outline of where we are heading.
May's Premiership can be summed up as a sort of Christian-tinged statism or Tory paternalism--getting on with governing as dully as possible. Whilst there may be some cosmetic changes, we can expect a great deal of not much, save occasional sanctimony and certainly not the yuppy paradise dreamed of by Boris. Speaking of which...
Opportunity, as Theresa notes is a British value, and features several times in her speech. What the real focus was, however, is the Conservative party value of Opportunism-something which, and I say this in admiration, our current premier is using to the max. She is setting out to make the UK a one party state and crush her rivals in the bargain.
I can't imagine that Theresa has much regard for the charlatan Boris, the disgraced Liam Fox or David Davis who was a thorn in her side as Home Secretary.
Brexit presents the opportunity to (rightly) shaft them with the Brexit debacle while appeasing and unifying the grassroots who seem to have swallowed May's Brexit conversion wholesale, but if it cuts immigration, she's golden.
Some strong rhetoric on inequality and unfairness if delivered on should set a decent milestone into Labour heartlands and go against the Tory comfort zone to besiege a Labour party entrenched in theirs. With UKIP kicking the stuffing out of themselves; literally, in some cases, the only real threat comes from within. Although she should be wary of complacency, she has little to fear- very few people if any can convincingly argue that the June referendum did not include membership of the single market and Nicky Morgan is hardly inspirational.
Welcome to the return of the Mayans, the return of an ancient civilisation inclined to vanish without a trace.
Whilst canny, if May does not match her rhetoric and falls headlong into isolationism that may well be her final fate...
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