Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Theresa May speaking to Conservative Conference now


Theresa May can scarcely make her speech because of a bad cough.

She has just said that "this country has always been a beacon for democracy". No it hasn't. One man one vote came in (admittedly thanks to the Tories) in 1918. One person one vote eleven years later, thanks again to Tories. Democracy was not considered generally a good thing in England until 1917, when our ally the Tsar was deposed and the USA became our ally. She said our country has always stood for tolerance, but only up to a point, Lord Copper.

She keeps talking about the 'British dream'. A new expression that she has coined, as far as I know. It sounds like it's her policy that we become a copy of the USA.

Why do I dislike the phrase 'British dream' a lot? 

Because it's a copy from another, much younger, very different, egalitarian and materialistic country. Because it suggests that we are a nation of strivers or should be, something I don't much want us to be. Because it doesn't conjure up village greens or John Major's spinsters cycling to church (quoting Orwell) or any of the millions of things about England that I like. 

It slightly puts me in mind instead of the Statue of Liberty and “Give me your tired, your poor, /Your huddled masses", which I imagine is not Mrs May's intention.

Paul Waugh in Huffington Post says
Her policy solutions to Britain’s ills weren’t so much Mayism as Milibandism, pilfering his energy price cap and focus on council house building. It was a mistake to also lift his phrase ‘The British Dream’, and even his line “Britain can do better than this”.

In the Telegraph Barbara Daley says the speech means Mrs. May has to go. Tim Stanley is fearful for her. The Telegraph's the Tory quality paper in case you were wondering.

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