It would appear that Theresa May’s election strategy is to repeat “strong and stable leadership” like a parrot, so that the gullible public will begin to accept it as fact.
Since the announcement of the snap election nearly everything she has said has involved the words “strong and stable”. It’s getting to a point now that I’m dumbfounded the entire country isn’t laughing along with me at the utter ridiculousness of it all.
Today provided us with some of the strongest evidence yet that no matter what the question is, the answer is always the same:
Theresa May isn’t the only Tory prime minister to take advantage of the “strong and stable” soundbite. Some people may find her rhetoric quite familiar:
and we all know how that situation played out!
The worst part is how demonstrably false this “strong and stable” rhetoric actually is.
After 9 months of refusal to hold a general election, she suddenly decides to announce a snap election, just three weeks after triggering the most complex and risky diplomatic negotiation the United Kingdom has faced in years. How is that stable? Her constant political flip-flopping and terrible timing doesn’t promote stability or strength to me.
May’s stance on the EU is just as unstable. During the referendum, she supported Remain, but when it was clear which position would give her the most power – she switched from Remain straight to Hard Brexit. Where is the principle? Where is the stability in a leader that will switch to the opposite side of a debate when it best suits her?
She consistently attempted to seize power from parliament when it came to triggering Article 50, yet did a complete U-turn on her decision when it became clear her actions were likely to be deemed unlawful by courts.
These are just a small fraction of the U-turning and flip-flopping that May does consistently. Four huge U-turns have happened in just the past month (National Insurance, snap election, “now is not the time”, energy caps).
As well as unstable, I would argue that Theresa May is a weak coward.
What strong leader refuses to take part in debates before an election? Surely she should want to demonstrate this strength she has? Why is she so terrified at facing the likes of Sturgeon and Corbyn in a debate?
Why is she so terrified of media scrutiny – launching her campaign privately in front of hand-picked Tory loyalists and media members she refused to take questions from?
She is not a strong leader, she is a weak leader. A leader who cannot face opposition, and cannot defend her track record of flip-flops and failures. A leader who must rely on the constant repetition of a meaningless soundbite to win votes, because she cannot win them on policy and competence alone.
Somehow though, millions of people have been completely taken in by the ridiculous rhetoric. They have been brainwashed into believing the completely false “strong and stable” claim.
These people are gullible, there is no other way to describe it. To accept something as true just because it is being repeated consistently, no matter how much this is contradicted by obvious reality, is being incredibly gullible.
Come on Britain, we’re better than this! If Theresa May is so strong and stable then maybe she should demonstrate it instead of just talking about it.