Get rid of May, let Rees-Mogg run

More trouble for Theresa May:

Priti Patel’s future in Theresa May’s cabinet is uncertain after new information emerged about two further meetings with Israeli officials.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said her departure seems “almost inevitable now”.

The international development secretary apologised for an unauthorised meeting with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in August, while on a family holiday.

The first thing May needs to do is fire Patel this morning and not replace her: why Britain needs an international development secretary I don’t know. Overseas aid goes mainly on enriching those who own Audi and Mercedes dealerships in kleptocratic third-world shitholes, and the entire department should be closed down without delay. Whatever slivers of worthwhile activity got performed under Patel’s supervision can be handed to the Foreign Office, where it belongs.

I must say, I’m finding this self-destruction of the Tories quite amusing. They really are good at it, aren’t they? A year or so ago they were sitting pretty with a hefty majority with no credible opposition and all by themselves they’ve descended into a bickering, squabbling, undisciplined rabble lacking a majority. However you cut it, that’s pretty impressive, even for the Tories.

Of course, this is what happens when you put a clueless authoritarian like May in charge. I confess, I initially had some hopes she’d turn out all right but I didn’t know her personally and was not involved in her being made head of the party, so don’t blame me. Now she’s been Prime Minister a while it’s blatantly obvious she is miles out of her depth and lacks any of the personal or organisational skills to manage a cabinet, let alone run a country. The senior Tories must be held accountable for this: to apply a phrase from the Harvey Weinstein fallout to May’s character and incompetence “everybody knew”, and Corbyn’s polling suggests the public are doing just that.

So May has to go, but nobody knows when or who will replace her. Several people have suggested Amber Rudd, but she is basically May without the charm, personality, wit, humour, and respect for individual liberty. If May goes and Rudd gets in, I reckon I’ll go home and vote for Corbyn just so the Tories learn the lesson of their stupidity good and hard.

The trouble is, political parties are experiencing the same problems most large organisations are. They’ve become obsessed with identity politics, shoving all sorts of unsuitable people up the ranks based on their skin colour, religion, or sex and rewarded blinding loyalty and conformity over competence, ability, and principle. Bright young sycophants have been encourage to join up and those who show sufficient deference to the hierarchy and time their backstabbing to perfection are propelled into cabinet or shadow positions having never held a position of any real responsibility or accountability their entire lives. What we’re seeing in British politics is simply a subset of modern human resource management in large organisations. What did we think would happen?

Personally, I’d like to see May booted out and Jacob Rees-Mogg take over the leadership and call for a General Election next spring. Sure, people would go into absolute meltdown over Rees-Mogg but I’d like to see him run anyway and put his candidacy to a vote of the people rather than the chattering classes who thought Blair was a good Prime Minister or Corbyn isn’t that bad. I reckon there’s a good chance he’d win despite the squawking from the media and government employees, and even if he didn’t I think it’s important the country at least gets asked the question. Nobody thought Trump would win and everyone wanted Hillary, right up until they actually got asked.

So let Rees-Mogg run, and see what happens. If he’s voted in, good. If not, at least the electorate can’t complain when Corbyn or a Cameron-Blair II gets in and the state of British politics sinks even lower.

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12 thoughts on “Get rid of May, let Rees-Mogg run

  1. Sine last week I have started to wonder if Gavin Williamson is the more voter-friendly version of Rees-Mogg.

  2. Tim,
    Your article reflects a recent post over at Instapundit. Our elites care far more deeply about how they are perceived by their peers than how well they do their actual jobs. The voting public can go hang. And thus our institutions slowly erode from the inside out, becoming more lefty, more feminised, more bureaucratic but less capable.

  3. Your article reflects a recent post over at Instapundit.

    Does it? It’s high time those guys hired me. Or at least, gave me the key to the secret bathroom.

    Our elites care far more deeply about how they are perceived by their peers than how well they do their actual jobs.

    Yes, and if this has always been so they at least made an attempt to hide it in the past. These days, the contempt is open.

  4. The way I see it is that whilst paying lip service to British sovereignty she has essentially scuppered Brexit by delaying the UK’s exit by 5 years until 2021. This gives the Eurocrats more than enough time to sabotage any proposed exit by the UK. So in my books she has been quite effective in executing her assigned task of throwing the game.

    May killed Brexit.

  5. The way I see it is that whilst paying lip service to British sovereignty she has essentially scuppered Brexit by delaying the UK’s exit by 5 years until 2021.

    I think that’s the plan: delay and obfuscate until an anti-Brexit government finally gets into power, holds another referendum, and this time ensures it wins. Certainly the EU is playing this game, and I suspect most of the British political class is too.

  6. Certainly the EU is playing this game, and I suspect most of the British political class is too.

    There things are both true, but I’m not sure May is one of them: I get the impression that quite a lot of the British political class (as represented by, say, Philip Hammond) are quite frustrated at her for not already having announced that there will be an open-ended transition period which will end up with us still in the single market and customs union.

    The very way the British political and media classes seem determined to undermine May at every opportunity these days makes me think that whatever her flaws — and they are many — she at least isn’t quite playing ball with them the way they want.

  7. Spot on about May. I also had some hopes regarding her premiership, but that was largely based on the fact that she wasn’t Cameron. Looking back, the only successful aspect of her tenure at the Home Office is that she didn’t cause unnecessary ructions with the Police Federation, but then again she didn’t cause the necessary ones either. Plus the fact that she completely lost control of immigration; presided over the great 2014 passport panic; lamented being constrained by European rules on deportation, yet did nothing about them; and failed to prevent Pakistani rape gangs operating with impunity. She is an unmitigated disaster.

    And yes, a straight fight between a patrician Tory and a Marxoid internationalist nutter. That would concentrate the minds of the people wonderfully. We’ll see who worries about historic cases of mild sexual suggestiveness then…

  8. The very way the British political and media classes seem determined to undermine May at every opportunity these days makes me think that whatever her flaws — and they are many — she at least isn’t quite playing ball with them the way they want.

    I’d agree with that. I suspect she’s arrived in that no-man’s-land quite by accident though, hence all the floundering. She’s not one thing nor t’other.

  9. If you think British politics is febrile at the moment, see what happens if Brexit is reversed. All bets will be off and forecasting where all the political pieces land after that explosion will be impossible.

  10. If you think British politics is febrile at the moment, see what happens if Brexit is reversed.

    Absolutely, it’ll be a constitutional crisis writ large. But the idiots in the political class don’t see it that way, they think the proles will just have to fall into line and accept it.

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