May’s premiership is one of failure

This morning, the Prime Minister admitted she could no longer carry on as leader. Over the 1,045 days of her leadership, she has presided over defeat after defeat on a whole host of issues, not just Brexit.

In her first speech as Prime Minister, May pledged to fight inequality across the country. Under her leadership, report after report has criticised growing wealth inequality and has overseen changes to benefits that have left families worse off and struggling to survive by turning to food banks.

She promised to provide more help for those with mental health conditions. However, the NHS is on life support due to a lack of funding, with the promised £20.5 billion in funding still many years away.

She said she would follow the legacy of David Cameron, who introduced same-sex marriage, yet she blocked progress on bringing same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland, with the prospect of it made non-existent from her pact with the homophobic DUP.

She guaranteed that she would tackle injustice, yet her party is rife with Islamophobia, with constant calls for an independent inquiry.

She told the public she would not call a general election, and then chose to do so purely for political gain – and was punished for doing so, weakening her administration at a vital time.

She assured us after the London Bridge terrorist attack that the police and security services would get the resources they need, but she is responsible for cutting police numbers by over 21,000 from her time as Home Secretary onwards.

She gave £200 million to help the victims of Yemen’s civil war, whilst at the same time selling arms to Saudi Arabia, the very country worsening the conflict.

And that is without mentioning Brexit.

On Brexit, she attempted to prove herself as a Brexiteer, having voted Remain, and ended up strangling the possibility of a straightforward deal by setting numerous red lines and failed to compromise from the very outset. She triggered Article 50 without a clear plan and oversaw the largest Parliamentary defeat in our country’s history. She has deeply divided the party, to a point that it may not be able to recover from. And, of course, she failed to deliver Brexit after repeatedly promising she would.

Theresa May’s legacy will be failure. She was given a nearly impossible job and she performed poorly.

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