Leadsom was subjected to a vile campaign of abuse after ‘The Times’ accused her of suggesting she would make a better prime minister than Mrs May because she had children. This was a total misrepresentation but was seized on by May supporters and ‘Remainers’. ‘Remainers’ had been particularly nasty. However, in typically Tory fashion, all say they are united behind the new Prime Minister, the preferred choice of a substantial majority of Tory MPS.
The most important thing May needs to do to unite her party is announce a ‘Leave’ campaigner as the chief negotiator in the talks leading to an orderly disengagement from the European Union. There is still a strong level of distrust of May by ‘Leave’ campaigners because she had said she was a ‘Remainer’, although fudged the issue by sitting on the fence during the last few weeks of the campaign. ‘Leave’ campaigner Chris Grayling is widely tipped to be her new Home Secretary and the person who will lead negotiations.
May has moved swiftly to reassure the nation that its wishes will be met. She has dismissed claims by a cabal of QCs and barristers that the parliament, not the British people,should decide the issue. Let’s face it, few trust the legal profession unless they have to. They rank close to journalists and politicians as the least trusted people in the nation. The EU gravy train fund their extravagant lifestyles with their third homes in Provence and their fourth in Tuscany. So it is no wonder they’re upset.
Meanwhile, like its NZ counterpart, the UK Labour Party continues to underline its irrelevance in the modern world. Comrade Corbyn is hated by the majority of his own MPs, few of whom want to be in his Shadow Cabinet, and most of whom heartily regret any former support they had given the Communist. The Labour Party leadership contest rolls taking the party into obscurity.
May has already ruled out calls from ‘Remainers’ for a new election. They won’t get one so why bother.
May does need to find a way to bring a divided nation back together after a year of campaigning that has set family member against family member. That is perhaps her greatest challenge. I think she’s up to it. After all, Britain does best under female leadership.