Theresa May sealed the first post-Brexit trade deal with Africa today, and she did a little jig to celebrate. Seriously, she’s been all over the news after showing off her dancing skills when she was greeted in South Africa by dancing school children.
I felt a bit bad for her – the mockery has been pretty intense. The school children were dancing, and so were the African delegates around her. So she waved a leg around, moved her arms a bit, and even did the Robot at one point. It was all very sweet and innocent, and I found myself relating to her awkwardness…but then she went and opened her mouth.
Commenting on land expropriation in South Africa – where the government takes land from white owners – Theresa said that Britain supports the policy as long as it’s “legal” and “democratic.”
I feel truly ashamed of my country’s government after this, and I suppose May is hoping the fact that she secured a trade deal with Africa will help us forget all about it. She signed a free trade agreement that is said to be worth about £10 billion a year – meaning we’ll be buying South African tea, fruit, and wine. Well, that is, assuming all the farmers aren’t killed first. At this rate, it isn’t looking good.
She couldn’t escape Brexit while she was out in Africa, either. She’s been challenged about Philip Hammond’s warnings about a No Deal Brexit, and she reconfirmed that no deal would be better than a bad deal. She also said that a No Deal Brexit “wouldn’t be the end of the world,” which is always refreshing to hear.
However, when asked out-right whether she would vote Leave in a second referendum – and whether she thinks Britain would be better off after Brexit – she simply refused to say it. That’s because she doesn’t believe it.
I remember when this was first done to her during an LBC interview. I felt bad for her. I thought “Well, maybe she doesn’t believe it, but at least she’s doing it!” Now, I can’t help but think she doesn’t believe it and she’s actively working to stop it happening, too.