Monday, July 11, 2016

UK's Second Woman Prime Minister - Could She Be Worse Than The First.

Theresa May, 2nd female Prime Minister
Just out of the blues, UK is now set to have a second woman in the office of the Prime Minister. For a country associated with equality, liberty and social progress, who would have thought that women getting to the second-highest (the highest is already held by a woman) but most prominent public office in the land would be a tug of war. 

It was 37 years ago that the country elected a party with a woman leader. That woman, Margaret Thatcher went on to become the most controversial, reviled yet admired Prime Minister of modern day. For some, she represented brevity, daring the status quo where many others (women and other minorities) feared to. Yet at the same time, she decimated communities through so many horrifying policies and left a mixed legacy in the mind of those who experienced her time as Prime Minister. But all that is history now.

Fast forward to today, with the UK referendum on its EU membership deciding that the country must pull out, the subsequent evens in that short time to today has been rather like dipping one's hand into a dark pot. The political landscape changed and continue to change faster than moving sands. And eventually, with David Cameron announcing that he will resign in response to not winning a referendum he called, 2 women in his party were to join 3 other men to contest that position; and after the most famous, most expected and the most favourite according to pollsters and the media, dropped out.

Then it all changed after the Conservatives party MPs rejected all the men and picked the women. And the next day, one of the women did the worse by using her position as a mother to barrage her colleague, the other woman for not being fortunate to be a mother. Vile, nastiness.
Theresa May's Home Office approach to illegal migration
Funny enough, Theresa May who is now set to take over the new Prime Minister could be no different from Margaret Thatcher. In fact, she could be worse and lead the UK further inward where Mrs Thatcher led outwardly, based on her stance on immigration which is something opposite to Mrs Thatcher. Theresa May also adds to the danger her opposition to the European Courts of Human Rights (ECtHR) which in itself is a worrying factor. It was under her time at the Home Office that Mrs May commissioned a very xenophobic and disrespectful approach to dealing with immigration. It was her lowest.

Nonetheless, Theresa May was the best of the lot that tried to contest the leadership. The problem is that you can never like a Tory no matter how hard you try. They can be insular, difficult to move on progressive issues and very adamant that all fingers are equal.

All these taken into consideration, Mrs May's leading the Brexit as the Prime Minister can be worrying as her insular stance on immigration and Human Rights, both issues which underpin the European Union, might be difficult for her to work out a fair agreement with the EU in the negotiation.

However, it may be that , going by experience of Mrs May, the dispatch table might experience a little bit of respectful and controlled debates on Wednesdays at the Prime Minister's Question.

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