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Theresa May set us up for an even worse prime minister

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10.06.2019

Two weeks ago, in an emotional statement outside No 10, Theresa May announced her intention to resign. Her departure was to be expected after a dismal European election defeat where, despite being the party in power, The Conservatives came fifth, losing to the single-issue Brexit Party. This had an eerily similar feel to David Cameron’s resignation after losing the European Referendum that set this story in motion. Europe was her way in and her way out.

Watching May tearfully address the nation behind the podium that felt much smaller and lonelier than usual, I had no sympathy – but I felt no joy either. May’s tenure as prime minister was fraught with nothing but misstep after misstep, most of which was her own doing.

She cried no tears for those who died in the all-consuming fire of Grenfell, or the wrongfully detained and deported Windrush scandal victims. There was no break in her voice when she deported LGBT refugees back to countries that would abuse them, or lump in her throat for the misery caused by cuts to public services.

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May was the architect of her downfall, her stubbornness and inability to lead without compromise found her isolated and weathered. Like vultures, Conservative MPs have been spiralling around a destitute and defeated May, waiting for their chance to take over, and she finally gave it to them. If you’re tempted to feel sorry for May or congratulate her for demonstrating resilience, you’d be mistaken; the signs were always there. When cabinet officers regularly resign within 24 hours of appointment, there is undoubtedly something wrong.

It was exactly that sort of non-leadership of the party that opened the floodgates to the........

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