IAN HART: Is there really any need for a general election?

The fallout from the referendum result continues. By my reckoning, the latest count is at least five political careers all but finished and bizarrely, four, of them from the '˜winning' side.

Sunday, 17th July 2016, 3:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:14 pm
Ian Hart

For the first time in 26 years we now have a female Prime Minister – not that gender really matters, in the same way that being a parent became an issue last weekend.

One cursory look at the Jeremy Kyle show indicates that parenthood is not the universal passport to success.

At time of going to press, Mrs May’s most notable soundbite has been ‘Brexit means Brexit’.

Thankfully she hasn’t rolled back the years and started quoting Francis of Assisi, and after an unprecedented few weeks of political turmoil on all sides its now almost refreshing that she can actually get on with the job of running the country.

Not surprisingly, sections of the opposition are calling for a snap election on the basis of the fact that she’s been ‘elected’ Prime Minister without a clear mandate from the country.

No different to Jim Callaghan in 1976, John Major in 1990 and Gordon Brown in 2007 – we didn’t have elections then, so do we really need one now?

Quite frankly, in the grand scheme of things and thinking about the overall welfare of the country it would almost be a pointless exercise, bordering on farce.

In footballing terms, the Labour Party now has a manager who all the supporters want in the dugout but none of the players will play for, so to see them even mounting any kind of credible campaign amongst the turmoil is all but impossible.

The Lib Dems still need time to regroup after their flirtation with government and the resulting near wipe out. So, ultimately, while it would cost a lot of money, and take up a lot of time, you could almost predict the overall result before it was even called.

She’s not the second Mrs Thatcher, she’s the original Theresa May, and while the almost unexpected Brexit result has caused all this turmoil, this country, the whole country needs to give her a chance, whatever their political colours.


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