Of course by now I’m sure readers have heard that Theresa May has won the leadership contest and is now the UK Prime Minister, despite my efforts to thwart her bid. Crucially I believe the threat by 20 Tory MPs to “jump-ship” if Leadsom won the contest was what caused Leadsom to drop out of the race. This could have undone the Tory majority so it was no idle threat. This is an example of our democracy at its most undemocratic, even the Tory grassroots never got to decide on who would lead them despite May’s protestations that she didn’t want a ‘coronation’. Also the relentless media bias against Leadsom, who was attacked for a handful of supposed gaffes, took its toll. Meanwhile all of May’s huge catalogue of failings which I have been publicizing in these last 3 blog posts, received very little attention in the press. My purpose in posting this anyway is simply for the record as it were. Lest we forget.
TAX AVOIDANCE SCANDAL?
A feature of politics since the Blair era particularly, has been tough talk about cracking down on “tax avoidance”. These politicians clearly hold the British public in contempt, because of course it will not ever be possible to “crack down” on tax AVOIDANCE because tax AVOIDANCE is by definition, not illegal. Only tax EVASION can ever be cracked down upon. Taxation laws may of course be improved upon to make tax avoidance more difficult, but you know that’s going to be difficult, when so many of those in power would be affected. Jumping on this bandwagon, May apparently said this in a speech:
“We need to talk about tax. It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re Amazon, Google or Starbucks: you have a duty to put something back, you have a debt to your fellow citizens, you have a responsibility to pay your taxes. So as Prime Minister, I will crack down on individual and corporate tax avoidance and evasion.”
The Independent newspaper now claims that her own husband Philip is a senior executive in an investment firm that has $20 billion of shares in Amazon and Starbucks, the very companies she mentioned (1). So, we hope the Mays will be putting something back then…
It does seem a little bit suspicious, does it not, that this story has only just been published now, AFTER Leadsom had already announced she was dropping out of the leadership bid. There was intense pressure on Leadsom to publish her tax affairs, and insinuations that she had engaged in tax avoidance. Did this contest take place on a level playing field, I ask?
SHARIA INQUIRY WHITEWASH
Theresa May’s much vaunted tough inquiry into Sharia Law in the UK, is turning out to be a whitewashing exercise, it would seem:
She has appointed an Islamic scholar as chair and two imams in advisory roles, leading to questions about the erm, impartiality of the inquiry.
MAY’S IDEA TO USE EU RESIDENTS AS A BARGAINING TOOL?
May is already getting busy alienating her own supporters by refusing to confirm that EU citizens already resident in the UK may not be able to stay after Brexit. Such a suggestion was never made by the Leavers during the campaign:
KINCORA BOYS’ HOME SCANDAL
[Hat tip to one Andrew Richards for reminding us about this scandal.]
According to the BBC, May excluded the Kincora boys’ home in Northern Ireland from part of a much larger inquiry into child abuse (the Goddard Inquiry) because it was a “devolved matter” (2). Criticism came from the fact that the Goddard Inquiry had larger powers which would have enabled a more thorough investigation of alleged involvement of MI5 and members of the establishment (3).
MAY’S PASSPORT OFFICE MESS UP
[Hat tip to ‘Neil Orange peel’ for reminding everyone about this affair.]
In 2014 the Daily Telegraph reported that a mess-up at the passport office was forcing travellers to resort to drastic measures, such as returning to the UK to get passport renewals. The trade union claimed there was a backlog of almost half a million documents to process.
MAY NODS OFF DURING CHILCOT INQUIRY STATEMENT?
Oh well sometimes old ladies do need a nap. Pity her nap had to coincide with a statement about government failings that led to the deaths of British soldiers and innocent civilians, and helped to create a huge crisis in the Middle East.
MAY’S MEETING WITH BRANSON
May met with Branson following the Brexit vote. A quote from Sky News:
“He also pointed to the slide in the share price of Virgin Money in the days following the Brexit vote.”
Our deepest sympathies for your losses, Mr. Branson. Your share price does seem to have now recovered somewhat. The nation is very relieved on your behalf.
What were they even meeting about? Branson’s agenda is he wants a second referendum.
To be fair, Mrs May has now announced that David Davis the eurosceptic is her Brexit minister and Liam Fox (also a eurosceptic) is in charge of international trade. This does seem to suggest that Brexit may at least be going to happen at some point, in some form. The kind of indefinite postponement suggested by her earlier remarks (about delaying even invoking article 50 for at least 6 months), seems somewhat less likely now.
I am not planning to add any more of these posts about Theresa May. The 3 you have before already should contain enough information to cause you to call for the immediate resignation of Mrs May, and the triggering of an immediate and this time actual and fair, Tory leadership contest, preferably without Mrs May’s name on the list.
I cannot altogether resent David Cameron’s time in office, he has at least managed to save us from another Labour government, “quantitative easing” has ceased at least for now. However he has made many mistakes such as the HS2 project which will be a financial weight around the UK’s neck for many years unless it is scrapped, among other things. Could we even legally scrap it now I wonder? He has also failed to deliver on 2 key promises – reducing immigration to the 10s of 1000s, and reducing our huge national debt, which is as huge as ever. Altogether, as the clueless lame duck president Obama once remarked, he is a lightweight (takes one to know one, eh, Obama?).