Prime Minister Theresa May speech shocked the world!
Prime Minister Theresa May’s Powerful Speech Draws Mixed Reactions
The new Prime Minister of Britain Theresa May made a powerful speech at the Conservative Conference held in Birmingham last week. She said that her government was serious about Brexit and through her speech showed that her conservatism was different from that of previous Prime Minister David Cameron’s.
She said that she would intervene whenever needed on the behalf of the working class in Britain and would take steps to crack down on illegal immigration.
She hailed the Brexit referendum of June 23 as a “quiet revolution”. She said, “Change has got to come because as we leave the European Union and take control of our own destiny, the task of tackling some of Britain’s long-standing challenges – like how to train enough people to do the jobs of the future – becomes ever more urgent.
“But change has got to come too because of the quiet revolution that took place in our country just three months ago – a revolution in which millions of our fellow citizens stood up and said they were not prepared to be ignored anymore.
“Because this is a turning point for our country. A once-in-a-generation chance to change the direction of our nation for good. To step back and ask ourselves what kind of country we want to be.”
While Prime Minister May’s speech was widely heralded by members of her own party, she was attacked by the opposition. Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister was “fanning the flames of xenophobia and hatred in our communities and trying to blame foreigners” for failures of her party.
Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon said Prime Minister May’s speech was “the most disgraceful display of reactionary rightwing politics in living memory”.
Many business leaders reacted strongly to the Conservative Party’s anti-immigrant policies. Carolyn Fairbairn, who heads the industry body CBI, said: “We have been a magnet for talent for many years. We should be proud of our ability to attract the best, and this approach that appears to be around shaming companies for doing that is one that our members are very, very concerned about.”
Prime Minister May was very critical of the global elite, the multinationals such as Apple that avoided paying taxes and of the controversial business practices followed by many executives. She said, “So if you’re a boss who earns a fortune but doesn’t look after your staff, an international company that treats tax laws as an optional extra, a household name that refuses to work with the authorities even to fight terrorism, a director who takes out massive dividends while knowing that the company pension is about to go bust: I’m putting you on warning. This can’t go on any more.”
She made a direct appeal to Labour Party voters, saying that their part was no longer at the centre of British politics and said that it was the the Conservatives that were “the party of the workers, the party of public servants, the party of the NHS”.
Author: Raghav Hegde – India