UK / Heavy times for Theresa May!
We have been reporting the political situation in the UK at length on ZapperNews, and it has been clear to everyone who has been reading these reports that Prime Minister Theresa May made a big gamble by calling for an early general election, and she lost.
No, she did not lose completely, and is still the Prime Minister of the UK, but her party no longer has a majority and is a much diminished force. The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn, who everyone had given up for dead, is now resurgent again. Corbyn, the much maligned Jeremy Corbyn, believe it or not, is now the most popular politician in the UK,
How things have changed! But PM May says that she has no regrets. She admitted that the “didn’t come out as I hoped it would”. Well, that is the understatement of the year.
Mrs. May said: “There’s two ways the government can react to that. We can be very timid and sit back or we can be bold and that’s what we are going to be.”
She added, “I think it was the right decision to actually call that election. I’d hoped for a different result.”
The question everyone wants to know is that for how much longer will Mrs. May be the Prime Minister. Will she be the Prime Minister of the UK when the next G20 meeting is held in Argentina? Who knows?
Mrs. May said, “I’m doing absolutely what I always do which is getting on with the job, which is delivering a stable government for the United Kingdom, ensuring that we focus on the key issue of getting those Brexit negotiations right.”
Jeremy Corbyn has said repeatedly that Mrs. May’s government “cannot last”, and that his party was the “government in waiting”. He spoke to a large gathering of miners in Durham where he said, “No government that votes to cut the living standards of over 5 million public sector workers can last for long or deserves to last for long.”
Mrs. May was criticized for cutting back on the benefits for the mentally ill and the elderly, but she says that she is doing all she can to improve the conditions for the poor and the disadvantaged.
Mrs. May said, “As you know, I think mental health is an issue that has been left to one side for too long and we need to firmly address that in everybody’s interests.”
When asked about whether she was personally affected by the election result she said: “Well, I’m still prime minister. I think what’s important is that we get on with the job and getting on with the job is about delivering for people,” she replied.
She was busy at the G20 summit meeting world leaders such as President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping. She will also be meeting with Recep Tayipp Erdoğan of Turkey and Shinzo Abe of Japan. These are grim times indeed for PM May.
Author: Raghav Hegde – India