Saturday, June 17, 2017
Terry May On the Run - To Where?
After her party's disastrous performance in an unnecessary election entirely of her own choosing, Brit prime minister, Theresa May has been on shaky ground as she struggled to cobble together some sort of coalition, no questions asked.
Then came the Grenfell fire in otherwise posh Kensington where a death trap 24-storey highrise went up in flames claiming, so far, 30 (now 58?) lives and climbing. May eventually tried to meet with protesters but was quickly forced to retreat:
Then the papers, like the locals, turned on their prime minister.
Well, the ancient Greeks warned that Hubris was usually followed by Nemesis.
Meanwhile, Der Spiegel reports that European leaders have suddenly lost their fear of Britain and its would-be "iron lady."
Fear sounded like respect and influence -- and, more than anything, like good deals. But now, after two catastrophic elections in less than a year, that is over. Completely.
"The country looks ridiculous," the Financial Times -- not exactly a leftist mouthpiece -- wrote recently. Indeed, the party of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher has turned into a gaggle of high rollers and unwitting clowns.
First came Boris Johnson, who vociferously supported Brexit last year to show his boss, Prime Minister David Cameron, what an outstanding orator he was even though he, Johnson, didn't really want Brexit. They both went all in, and the country lost.