Why I feel sorry for Theresa May

Brexit has been the hot topic on everyone’s lips for the past few years. Recently, the ante has been upped, possibly because this is the year it’s all meant to go down or because this is the year the British public has truly seen just how shambolic the whole process is, who knows? I’ve never been hugely into politics but Brexit is something that has undeniably caught my attention. I’m sure many of you will agree with me, when I say it’s painful to watch Theresa May’s deal consistently get shut down. This blog post should probably be a Brexit update, but I’d rather talk about why I feel sorry for Theresa May.

There was a particular day I was watching the news all the MPs were gathered in the House of Parliament and Theresa was getting ready to speak. When she opened her mouth, a VERY croaky sentence came out and it was at that point I realised she’s a fighter. She was clearly having a rough time having lost her voice, yet she still stood up there to discuss what needed to be discussed. Not a lot of people would do that. One of the reasons I feel sorry for her is because despite being a fighter, she just can’t seem to get anything right. I’m not saying her deal is the best deal but I honestly believe that whatever she brings to the table will be shut down regardless of what’s in it. Time and time again, Theresa has returned to the table. She’s had ample opportunity to give up or resign but she’s stood firm. One thing that cannot be denied about this woman is that she’s resilient.

As always, the British public has suffered with a dose of amnesia. We seem to have forgotten that it wasn’t even Theresa that put the referendum forward, it was David Cameron who ducked out at the first chance he got. Back in 2016, when I heard that Cameron had resigned, I thought kudos to him for standing up for what he believes in. On reflection, I think Cameron’s resignation in some ways is like a toddler throwing a tantrum for not getting his way. The reason I believe this is because prior to the referendum, Theresa May campaigned to remain in the EU too! Yet despite this, she still stepped in to pick up where Cameron left off.  Often, I can’t help but think if Theresa was a man would she be getting the same level of opposition? The same level of strife? The same level of “no confidence”? I’m not too sure.

The last point I’d like to touch on is, where are all the leavers at? Many of the MPs that campaigned for leave have since gone very quiet. One notable leaver who has gone as far as to resign is Boris Johnson. One would think that as a big advocate for leaving the EU, these campaigners would be keen to get involved in sorting everything out but from what I can see many of them have quit at the first sign of trouble. At this point my knowledge about the whole process gets very flaky so I don’t really want to delve too much into the involvement of leavers in the process. However, one thing I do want to say is that despite Theresa May being a remainer, she still took on the challenge of implementing something she was against and I think that in itself is commendable.

Paula M

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