I just watched Theresa May’s speech at the Tory conference. She ended days of chaos with a speech designed to unite the party, and I found myself almost respecting her.
Here’s the thing: I recognize she’s weak on immigrant and religious extremism, she’s doing a terrible job on Brexit, and she’d probably call me a far-right extremist. But she’s so awkwardly loveable, I want to like her.
She even walked onto the stage to “Dancing Queen” by ABBA, throwing some shapes and basically doing the robot as she walked to her podium. I thought it was clever and admirable. She’s awkward and she’s embracing it in front of the world’s press. They can’t attack her if she’s making fun herself.
But when it comes to the nitty gritty, her speech just confirmed her PC credentials.
She proudly praised our multicultural society, referencing how the son of a Pakistani migrant could become Home Secretary, and a pregnant lesbian woman could become the leader of the Scottish Conservatives. That’s very nice and all, but this didn’t inspire the everyday people of Britain – and it completely ignored the fact that her Brexit proposals are practically impossible to pass in Parliament.
Farage chimed in on Twitter saying that her speech sounded like the relaunch of the Social Democratic Party, and that it was “politically correct beyond belief.”
I’d agree – May’s speech went further than Cameron ever did with his rebranding of the Tories.
She even defended Diane Abbott from the mean trolls online, completely ignoring the fact that Abbott is mocked because of her disdain for democracy, her attacks against Brexiteers, and for her total ineptitude. Not her skin colour.
She called for an end to “the bitterness and bile which is poisoning our politics”. Well, that might end if the main parties stopped calling decent working people “far right” – and that goes for Boris Johnson, too.
Interestingly, Mrs. May also rebranded her Chequers deal as a “free trade” deal. She stole a line from Boris and responded no doubt to party donor Michael Spencer’s words a few days ago, stating that she will “back” business.
No amount of deception will work, and no amount of distraction will work.
May can praise the virtues of our multicultural society all she likes, and try and present her Chequers deal in a new way – but it doesn’t change the fact that the EU doesn’t want the deal, Parliament doesn’t want the deal, and the British people don’t want this deal.
If it happens, May is toast.