Theresa May: Working Class Heroine?

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In her first speech as Conservative leader and new British PM, Theresa May manifested an unusual (for a Tory) philanthropic disposition when outlining her vision for the Conservative party and the UKs future, with particular emphasis upon socially disadvantaged and marginalised groups and "ordinary working class people".

Some of her maiden speech comments:

...we believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom, but between all of our citizens, every one of us, whoever we are and wherever we are from. That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white, working class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university. If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately. If you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand. If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before to own your own home.
But the mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone means more than fighting these injustices. If you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise. You have a job but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home but you worry about paying the mortgage. You can just about manage, but you worry about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school. If you’re one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly. I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The Government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws, we’ll listen not to the mighty, but to you. When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.
Theresa May's first speech as Prime Minister: full text | Coffee House

Today in her keynote speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, she built upon philanthropic sentiments made in her maiden speech as new Tory leader and British PM by "making no bones about her disdain for snobbishness among the political elite". She insisted her government "would be about more than just Brexit", and voiced her determination "to improve the lives of working class people struggling to get by." The new PM slammed the gap between the "rich, the successful and the powerful and everyone else."

She went on ...

"Today too many people in positions of power behave more in common with international elites than people down the road, the people they employ, the people they pass on the street."
Reaching out to the millions of blue-collar workers who were the bedrock of Margaret Thatcher’s support, Mrs May will pledge to:

"put the power of Government squarely at the service of ordinary working-class people."
She yesterday denied that her plans to put workers on company boards and challenge big business amounted to abandoning Conservative free market principles.

I want to set our party and our country on the path towards the new centre ground of British politics – built on the values of fairness and opportunity – where everyone plays by the same rules and where every single person, regardless of their background or that of their parents, is given the chance to be all they want to be.’
'And if we do – if we act to correct unfairness and injustice and put Government at the service of ordinary working people – we can build that new united Britain in which everyone plays by the same rules, and in which the powerful and the privileged no longer ignore the interests of the people.’


Theresa May insists her government will stand for more than just Brexit | Daily Mail Online

I have to say, as a life-long Democratic Socialist and someone who has taken a traditionally disdainful view of the British Conservative Party since Thatcher, who are generally perceived as a party of the capitalist class, the multinational corporations, the globalist super-wealthy, the banks, the self interested petty bourgeoisie, and the social, political and economic elites, I've been mightily impressed with Theresa May's seemingly Socialist comments thus far.

Could the benevolent and socially concerned vicar's daughter from Oxfordshire be the new Che Guevara, intent on revolutionising not just the traditionally stuffy, upper crust and elitist British Tory party, but have aspirations of staging a proletarian uprising against the Westminster elite and the hierarchical society which she's been mandated to govern?
 


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Absolutely, her track record is NOT benevolent. She chucked out loads of legitimate students from UK and instituted high minimum incomes for people who want to bring their foreign citizen family members to U.K. to live with them, including family members of British citizens.

You can buy your way in though if you have the money. If you dont have much money don't come back to U.K. She threw the poorer folks under a bus. There's thousands to tens of thousands of overseas Brits who can't move back to the U.K. now. Even if they earn enough money they must wait 6 months to 1 year to be reunited.

Look at the policies her and her cabinet are introducing.

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Absolutely, her track record is NOT benevolent. She chucked out loads of legitimate students from UK and instituted high minimum incomes for people who want to bring their foreign citizen family members to U.K. to live with them, including family members of British citizens.

You can buy your way in though if you have the money. If you dont have much money don't come back to U.K. She threw the poorer folks under a bus. There's thousands to tens of thousands of overseas Brits who can't move back to the U.K. now. Even if they earn enough money they must wait 6 months to 1 year to be reunited.

Look at the policies her and her cabinet are introducing.

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What British citizen cannot move to the UK instantly if they choose to do so?
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she's a tory, she can not be trusted
 

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Watch what she does, not what she says.
Absolutely right. Don't forget that this woman put on an Islamic headscarf in a symbolic submissive gesture to some Pakistani muslim men.

'Look.. I'm a good little Kuffar who respects your medieval traditions.. please groom my kids while you're at it'

sickening.
 

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Watch what she does, not what she says.
she's a tory, she can not be trusted
Time shall tell. As a seemingly typical Tory attempting to be avante garde and non-typical by casting a benevolent eye upon the lower social orders, the veil shall lift sooner or later.

Absolutely right. Don't forget that this woman put on an Islamic headscarf in a symbolic submissive gesture to some Pakistani muslim men.

'Look.. I'm a good little Kuffar who respects your medieval traditions.. please groom my kids while you're at it'

sickening.
Corbyn and Co. are just as bad. Initially, the hard left had no difficulty in condemning Islamism. Tony Cliff, the founder of the Socialist Workers Party, wrote a pamphlet in 1946 drawing attention to the fascist nature of the Muslim Brotherhood. But various Trotskyist sects began to warm up to Islamism in the 1980s and 1990s, culminating in a full-blown coalition in the run up to the Iraq war. In mass protests organised by the Socialist Workers Party and its European counterparts in 2003, Islamists carrying the banners of Hamas and Hezbollah marched with veterans of the European internationalist left, including Jeremy Corbyn.

Jeremy Corbyn and the hard left are wilfully blind to the evils of Islamist Nazis
 

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The Tories became a Centre Left party under Cameron, Theresa May is solidifying the Tories now as Britain's main centre left party while Labour move to the Far Left.
 

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The Tories became a Centre Left party under Cameron, Theresa May is solidifying the Tories now as Britain's main centre left party while Labour move to the Far Left.
Spot on ; Labour's own goal has gave them huge leg room .
 

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I like the cut of her jib---she may very well succeed in restoring British morale
 

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The Tories became a Centre Left party under Cameron, Theresa May is solidifying the Tories now as Britain's main centre left party while Labour move to the Far Left.
Has someone hacked your account? Describing the Tories as centre left is ludicrous. Have you seen some of their comments about foreigners? Have you seen how many of their own people have died because of their benefit cuts? If anything, at the moment, they're making UKIP seem like a socialist party.
 

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Spot on ; Labour's own goal has gave them huge leg room .
The Tories may as well come out and admit they are a Social Democratic party because they are certainly abandoning Free Market economics.

Also they seem to think It is fine to continue to run Budget Deficits when they should be running Budget Surpluses to have money to spare for a rainy day when the next recession occurs.
 

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Has someone hacked your account? Describing the Tories as centre left is ludicrous. Have you seen some of their comments about foreigners? Have you seen how many of their own people have died because of their benefit cuts? If anything, at the moment, they're making UKIP seem like a socialist party.
1) More government intervention in industry.
2) A commitment to continue to run Budget deficits.
3) An increase in the Minimum wage from £6.50 per hour in 2015 to £9.00 per hour by 2020.
4) Attacks on big business by May today.
5) Putting workers on company boards.

Those are some examples where the Tories can now safely be described as a Centre Left party. As for UKIP many of their members and some of their leading politicians would have economic views that would be very left wing especially from the Red UKIP wing of the party.
 

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I like the cut of her jib---she may very well succeed in restoring British morale
She seems to have started well. A tough woman in the Thatcher which provides hope.
 

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She sees UKIP taking votes from Labour, and realises that these Working Class voters are up for grabs for the first time in a long time.

With Corbyn in charge of Labour, she knows that regular Conservative voters are going nowhere. So she has some leeway there.

However, to describe her as a Working Class heroine is beyond far fetched, when all she has done is some PR - nothing else.
 

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Watch what she does, not what she says.
True.. and that applies to all politicians. But as others have said, this is a promising start and there are some ideas in there (workers on boards), which seem very fair-minded.

Clinton was talking about more co-ops and workers sharing in company profits just this week... the "right" (and Clinton repesents the right to my mind) isn't what it used to be, thank goodness.

Even Tories deserve to be given a fair crack of the whip (indeed, it is said that they like it :D )
 

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She sees UKIP taking votes from Labour, and realises that these Working Class voters are up for grabs for the first time in a long time.

With Corbyn in charge of Labour, she knows that regular Conservative voters are going nowhere. So she has some leeway there.

However, to describe her as a Working Class heroine is beyond far fetched, when all she has done is some PR - nothing else.
The Tories will be on course to become a 40%+ plus party for the first time since 1992, they could very well surpass the 42.4% that they got in 1983 in the next election even with UKIP having taken votes off them.

They may as well call a snap election given the state UKIP are in.
 

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Wonderful people the Tories. Not in the least racist and/or xenophobic .

Amber Rudd orders firms to publish foreign workers list in bid to 'put Britons first' | UK | News | Daily Express

BRITISH firms will be made to publish a list of foreign workers under new Government plans to name and shame companies who do not hire British staff.
Landlords will also have to inform on their tenants. Ok, it's headline grabbing stuff and may never be implemented but it's too close to being the stuff of a police state for my liking. Thank goodness there's a vibrant Labour Party waiting in the wings !!
 

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Wonderful people the Tories. Not in the least racist and/or xenophobic .

Amber Rudd orders firms to publish foreign workers list in bid to 'put Britons first' | UK | News | Daily Express



Landlords will also have to inform on their tenants. Ok, it's headline grabbing stuff and may never be implemented but it's too close to being the stuff of a police state for my liking. Thank goodness there's a vibrant Labour Party waiting in the wings !!
And this one too FW:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/04/liam-fox-refuses-to-guarantee-right-of-eu-citizens-to-remain-in-uk?CMP=twt_gu

The uncertain status of EU nationals living in the UK is “one of our main cards” in the Brexit negotiations with the bloc, Liam Fox has said.

Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, the international trade secretary reiterated that no commitment would be given on the rights of 2 million EU citizens to remain in the UK until reciprocal rights were agreed for British citizens in Europe.

Devoutcapitalist said the following earlier:

Originally Posted by devoutcapitalist:

The Tories became a Centre Left party under Cameron, Theresa May is solidifying the Tories now as Britain's main centre left party while Labour move to the Far Left.
Where did that come from? Conservatives are going way toward the right surely? Or am I getting my lefts and rights wrong?
 


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