Wednesday July 13, 2016 -
Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister at a difficult
time for the UK and in her first Cabinet a joker called
Boris as Foreign Secretary.
Many political earthquakes
and tremors of varying degrees have hit the political
landscape of the United Kingdom ever since one Number 10
occupant, called a referendum on whether the country
should leave the European Union.
It was a huge gamble as
David Cameron became the standard bearer in a campaign
in which he urged UK citizens to vote for remaining in
It was a huge gamble which he lost and which
many now see as his most iconic legacy with some critics
insisting that he need not have called a referendum in
the first place. That is now history and true to form
having lost his biggest and on hindsight last gamble,
David Cameron resigned his post as leader of the ruling
Conservative party and gave notice that he would be
resigning, urging his party members to find a successor.
In the end one Conservative member, the Home Secretary
during the whole scenario emerged the sole candidate
after the only challenger threw in the towel in an
Mrs Theresa May has been described by
her supporters as a safe pair of hands that would steer
the UK economy and relations from what is clearly choppy
waters into a more steady and tranquil sea of prosperity
but critics have not forgotten those poster-carrying
Tory vans urging people to leave the United Kingdom if
their papers and stay in the UK was not that regular.
was a campaign that brought in its wake quite a backlash
with that aspect of the campaign hurriedly abandoned.
There are those who insist that promises that her
government would be for everyone, especially the
disadvantaged and poor were just that - promises and as
one citizen noted on one TV channel -
"She's Tory isn't
she? They don't care about the poor". She now has the
task of convincing everyone including her critics that
her administration was keen on making the UK comfortable
for everyone and not merely pandering to the whims and
greed of the rich and big business.
The new occupant
of Number 10 Downing has shown a bit of pragmatism. She
has brought into her government key people who were flag
wavers for the UK to leave the European Union to work
out the modalities that would see the UK making sure
that "Brexit is Brexit" and added that since the
Conservative party was given a mandate to rule for five
years, she would continue where David Cameron left off
with no snap elections called.
She has shrugged off
calls that as she was not given a mandate by the voters
but by her party that the done thing was for her to call
As political commentators watched her
first key appointments to some of the top jobs in the UK
government, they could not help expressing a collective
sigh of surprise and disappointment at having appointed
the former London mayor Boris Johnson as Foreign
A man more known for his comic relief and
buffoonery, many wonder if the new Prime Minister had
not made her first gaff when it comes to international
The ITV news channel
has noted these sections of the new woman at the top -
"First, our country needs strong, proven leadership
to steer us through this time of economic and political
uncertainty and to negotiate the best deal for Britain
as we leave the EU and forge a new role for ourselves in
the world. Because Brexit means Brexit, and we're going
to make a success of it.
Second, we need to unite our
party and our country.
And third, we need a bold new
positive vision for the future of our country - a vision
of a country that works not for the privileged few, but
for every one of us. If you’re from a working-class
family, life is just much harder than many people in
You have a job, but you don’t always have job security.
You have your own home, but you worry about mortgage
rates going up.
You can just about manage, but you worry
about the cost of living and the quality of the local
school, because there’s no other choice for you. "The
results showed that, after the referendum, the
Conservative Party can come together and under my
leadership it will"
There are hopes that given
her first statement as Prime
Minister in Downing Street, she would
make an impact if she delivers on her promises. This
speech also paints a picture of how things work in the
political sphere of the United Kingdom where Her Majesty
the Queen plays a key behind the scenes role in the
affairs of state.
"I have just
been to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty The Queen
has asked me to form a new government, and I accepted.
In David Cameron, I follow in the footsteps of a great,
modern Prime Minister. Under David’s leadership, the
government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget
deficit, and helped more people into work than ever
But David’s true legacy is not about the economy
but about social justice. From the introduction of
same-sex marriage, to taking people on low wages out of
income tax altogether; David Cameron has led a
one-nation government, and it is in that spirit that I
also plan to lead.
Because not everybody knows this, but the full title of
my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party, and
that word ‘unionist’ is very important to me.
we believe in the Union: the precious, precious bond
between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
But it means something else that is just as important;
it means we believe in a union not just between the
nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our
citizens, every one of us, whoever we are and wherever
If you’re one of those families, if you’re just
managing, I want to address you directly.
I know you’re
working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best,
and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle.
government I lead will be driven not by the interests of
the privileged few, but by yours.
We will do everything
we can to give you more control over your lives.
take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but
When we pass new laws, we’ll listen not to the
mighty but to you.
When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy, but you.
When it comes to
opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the
fortunate few. We will do everything we can to help
anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your
talents will take you."
meantime, David Cameron, in an emotion filled speech
marking the end of his tenure at the official PM
residence 10 Downing Street noted -
"When I first stood here in Downing
Street on that evening in May 2010 I said we would
confront our problems as a country and lead people
through difficult decisions so that together we could
reach better times.
‘It’s not been an easy journey and
of course we have not got every decision right, but I do
believe that today our country is much stronger.
all it was about turning around the economy and with the
deficit cut by two thirds, two and a half million more
people in work and one million more businesses there can
be no doubt that our economy is immeasurably stronger.
‘Politicians like to talk about policies but in the end
it is about people’s lives."