MRS May has proved once again that a few newspapers willing her to go is not enough. As I predicted correctly yesterday, she would not concede defeat so easily. She did not – she doubled down in her reply to Mrs Leadsom’s letter of resignation, writing that she was ‘sorry to lose someone of [her] passion, drive and sincerity’ and disagreeing with ‘the assessment you now give about our approach’ to Brexit.
Then she put the boot in: ‘At Cabinet yesterday we agreed to bring the Bill forward and allow those MPs who want another referendum to put their case and test the opinion of the House on this matter again.’
She has resisted all calls for her resignation and is proceeding with her Withdrawal Agreement Bill which opens the way to a second referendum – conceding totally to Remainer demands that will ‘deliver’ the finishing-off of Brexit.
How many times have the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, the Telegraph, the Times’s confident reports of the PM’s imminent departure or resignation been followed the next day with hastily revised headlines of ‘Prime Minister under siege’ or ‘Prime Minister clings on’? How many more revisions is Kuenssberg going to be making to her dramatic announcents of Mrs May’s projected departure that come within minutes and with excuses before the BBC questions her political judgement?
Headlines like ‘Theresa May prepares to quit after cabinet mutiny’, ‘PM will announce departure tomorrow, allies say as Leadsom becomes 36th minister to resign’ and ‘May set to go after Brexit fiasco’ should come with a health warning.
Mrs May has demonstrated time and again that she won’t be ‘wished’ into resigning – not even by national newspaper editors declaring a national emergency, and certainly not until the entire Cabinet bring themselves to share this view. But Andrea Leadsom seemingly could not even persuade even one of them to resign with her. And she wouldn’t be pressed by a reporter into saying Mrs May must quit. Whyever not?
The rest of them – including the emasculated Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt – are, once again, sucking it up and big time, being turned away from Number Ten’s door. The 1922 Committee is a paper tiger. Something that goes unreported is that its deputy chair, Charles Walker, is an avid supporter of Theresa May. They are not changing the rules to allow for an earlier vote of no confidence.
Liam Fox, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Chris Grayling, Penny Mordaunt – all bar Sajid were prominent in the Vote Leave campaign – yet still they don’t resign or call for May’s immediate resignation. They are indeed complicit in this disaster.
When will they climb out of the Cabinet bunker they chose to occupy with Kim May and her Remainer backers? Ever?
We at TCW continue to count the days to the Toppling of Theresa – we predict it will go well beyond the 50 mark.
Today is Day 49 . . .