Topsy-turvy time at the top

editorial image
Have your say

This has been an astonishing topsy-turvy year throughout the entirety of British politics.

Barely a year ago a huge majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party thought Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader, was a disaster that would consign the party to limbo-land. Now, after his impressive performance at the last general election, they see him as a realistic winner when Britain next goes to the polls. Just the reverse has happened to Theresa May. She was seen as a cool-headed, authoritative leader who would keep the Tories well ahead of Labour, and a racing certainty to win the next election.

Well, win she did, but in the process lost the Tories their overall majority in the House of Commons and put them in a far worse position than she was before she made her dreadful decision to go to the polls - a totally needless and, as it turned out, disastrous thing to have done.

So now Corbyn’s boot is on Theresa May’s foot, but added to all that, the Brexit negotiations are proving agonising, with a determined number of anti-Brexit Tories out to thwart them and posing a real threat to the Prime Minister. But her woes do not end there. A bunch of some 30 no less resolute Tory back-benchers are up in arms over the threat of yet more defence cuts. They are led by two ex-military men, Johnny Mercer and Tobias Ellwood and have grimly warned May they mean business if Britain is stripped any further of its defences. Now Gavin Williamson, (pictured), the new Defence Secretary, is engaged in a fierce debate with Chancellor Philip Hammond, for more money to keep Britain’s defences relevant to current international threats and to ensure the would-be rebels do not strike a hugely damaging blow on the Government.

May is facing slings and arrows from all quarters while Corbyn sits there in relative harmony - a total reversal of roles. These potentially trouble-making Tories do not seem to have the wit or common sense to realise that the more disaffection they publicly spread through the Conservative Party, the easier they are making it to get Corbyn a free pass to 10, Downing Street.

Will they never learn?