Not unexpected, at least to me, but a sad headline:
Not unexpected, at least to me, but a sad headline:
NPR did a thing on her today and it sounds like she had an impossible task with an ungovernable Parliament.
May not be the best phrase, as the prime minister doesn't govern the parliament.
May's gamble on the General election after becoming PM didn't pay off. The tories lost a lot seats, and effectively lost their majority, so in that respect parliament had difficulty in governing
She knew exactly what was she getting into, and then managed to do an absolutely terrible job with it. I say good riddance.
I only feel sorry for the British people who will be handed an even worse deal, with Boris Johnson replacing her.
She was widely considered ineffective, but I'm not sure anyone else would have done any better. Speculation has it that Boris Johnson is up next. While there's a remote chance that could unite the opposition, he's more likely to guarantee a no-deal conclusion. It looks like Brexit is a bad idea whose time has come.
No doubting it was a difficult brief. However, in the infinite multiverse there is a version of reality where Ms May did prevail. Success was always possible in our reality but Ms May chose (i.e. was not forced) to act in a way that made this a non-starter.
1. She was a "Remainer", so how likely was she to be able to deliver Brexit?
2. She surrounded herself with "Remainer" advisers and a predominantly "Remainer" cabinet.
3. She got through 3 Secretaries of State for Brexit - this should not be possible in a closed issue.
4. Her third Brexit Secretary resigned after Ms May agreed the terms of a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU that he was largely unaware of. Why would Ms May adopt such a despotic approach to negotiation in a parliamentary democracy? Could it be it was because she was not intending to act democratically (see point 1)?
5. She agreed terms of a Withdrawal Agreement in secret, surely knowing that it would never receive majority support. This suggests she is utterly out of touch with her electorate and her party.
6. She took "no-deal" off the table. Even the weakest negotiator will tell you that, if you give away your currency of negotiation, you will not get a deal. Ms May was obviously under the impression she was playing "happy families", rather than poker.
It did not have to be the way it is ended up. Whilst I do not discount the very real difficulties faced when negotiating with 650 loose-lipped and self-serving idiots telegraphing your every move, Ms May could have made a better job of it. She is rightly being held accountable for that.
This is so on the nose:
I cannot imagine what hell it must be like to be a reasonable person living in the UK these days...
My daughter lives in Edinburgh. She and her friends seem to be resigned to a no-deal exit, mostly because Parliament seems incapable of anything else. Well, not exactly resigned, as she is joining the SNP (which opposes Brexit). She opposed independence in 2014, but Brexit has changed the calculus for her and many others, apparently.
It seems even the Prime Minister is resigned to a no-deal exit.
There's very little chance that Johnson will avoid a no-deal conclusion, partly because there's little reason to think he wants to. John Oliver featured him in the main segment yesterday:
An excellent summary of the magnitude of self-harm UK is about to inflict on itself.
With a coda about the underlying reasons why the elites deemed it to be a desirable outcome (spoiler: not for the good of the people).
Ugh, that was a hard read but super informative. Depressing and so similar to our situation in the U.S.
Thanks for the link. It does clarify what's driving the process.
It's funny as I just listened to a podcast below today.. I was then trying to make a connection to see how "powerful" we are as species, where we are at and where we are heading.
He's controversial but impressive. Makes you really think. I've read all his books and watched his talks, listened to his interviews, and I always come away with my brain churning. He had a really hard time getting his books published, but they really sold.
Finished reading his "Homo Deus" over a recent vacation. Thought-provoking in spades. This is the sort of thing that should be on schools' reading lists.
The Irish border issue is too hard for me to grasp. Anyone have a simple explanation?
Here's a three minute introduction from TLDR News:
If you want to dig deeper, TLDR has a number of other videos on its web site.
Okay, I got that. Thanks. Sounds very hard to solve in the remaining time left.
I don't think it's a matter of time--it was an intractable problem from the outset.
In the age of feelings, some choose to show how they have none.
Here's Charlie Stross with a recap of how things stand now, and what's possibly coming down the line.
Fun. Unless you live in the UK. Or the EU. Or wouldn't like to see increased likelihood of global economic downturn. Come to think of it, not fun for anybody, except those very well versed in the practice of disaster capitalism.
Wow that was fascinating — even the comments.
I never imagined that a brand new and controversial prime minister, put in power by so few people, could suspend parliament for 5 weeks like that.