Asked what she feels about Theresa May standing down as prime minister, Nyla Nox writes that she leaves a legacy that has caused constant, extreme misery for many innocent people and a lot of unnecessary suffering.
In 2019, on the day after the European Parliament elections, the British Prime Minister Theresa May resigned.
Today, I am asked what I think or feel about it. About her.
Of course, I think and feel something. I always think and feel something. But for me, this is not the most important topic of the day.
What, the resignation of the Prime Minister is not the most important topic of the day?
Well, under normal circumstances, it would be. But these are not normal times.
What happened yesterday during these elections is a violation of the most fundamental citizens’ rights: a large-scale voter suppression, a mass disenfranchisement of EU citizens at polling stations. Many were turned away when they came to vote.
To me, that is a rupture of the rule of law and a breach of democracy that goes far beyond the Prime Minister or ruling/opposing parties of the day. If this goes unquestioned, if nothing is done to set this right, then democracy is indeed no longer functioning in the UK, and at the most fundamental level.
“If this goes unquestioned, if nothing is done to set this right, then democracy is indeed no longer functioning in the UK, and at the most fundamental level.”
Everyone is equal. Everyone has a vote. Without that, there is no democracy. We should all write and talk about that.
But back to Mrs May.
For me, politics is much less about politics than about issues and policies.
What politicians do, collectively, affects our lives.
Who they are is of some minor importance, but none of them acts in isolation. Politics is always a group game. There are always shadowy figures in the background whom the public rarely sees; they are those who finance political parties and movements; they are groups of supporters inside the parties and groups of opponents. All of this comes together to create the laws and rules that the rest of us have to live by.
Mrs May became Prime Minister because Boris Johnson was prevented from getting the job.
She became Prime Minister because she volunteered to push Brexit through. Yes, it was an impossible task, but she got to live in Number 10 Downing Street and go everywhere in the world as the British Prime Minister.
She quickly developed a kind of tunnel vision, the Brexitress-in-Chief, trying to please those who put her in power for as long as she possibly could — repeating the same mistakes again and again because those who have the real power in her government wouldn’t give her any other option.
She failed. Those who really determine Tory policy no longer support her. They will find someone else. And if necessary someone else again.
“(Theresa May) failed. Those who really determine Tory policy no longer support her. They will find someone else. And if necessary someone else again.”
But to me, Mrs May’s real legacy is elsewhere.
Before she became Prime Minister, she was the longest serving Home Office Secretary in 100 years.
It was there that she, in 2012, created the ‘Hostile Environment’, the policy to make life unbearable for those who the Home Office deemed undesirable foreigners.
“It was (at the Home Office) that she, in 2012, created the ‘Hostile Environment’, the policy to make life unbearable for those who the Home Office deemed undesirable foreigners.”
By denying them the right to rent, work, have healthcare or bank accounts, and many other rights. The declared intent was that these undesirable foreigners would then succumb to their suffering. They might self-deport or be much easier to ‘catch’.
I suppose for someone who believes that the Hostile Environment is not just the law but also a positive moral principle, voter suppression of EU citizens is no big deal. Mrs May dismissed a question about it only a few days ago in parliament.
This Hostile Environment for undesirable foreigners has created a huge amount of suffering. The Windrush Scandal, the Foreign Students Exam Cheating scandal (cheating that was in most cases never proven), and of course the Settled Status are all outcomes of the Hostile Environment.
Mrs May is the author of all of it. Senior civil servants have only recently reported that she did everything she could to reduce the number of foreigners of any kind in the UK.
As Prime Minister, Mrs May has also presided over a shocking increase in poverty, caused by the continued ‘austerity’ (i.e.. lack of funding on all levels) her predecessor initiated. It has been called a war on the poor and the sick. The United Nations has gathered evidence and published it. Mrs May’s government denied the facts.
There are many other parts of her legacy that have caused many people a lot of unnecessary suffering.
This is how I will remember Mrs May: as a fanatic foreigner-hater, nativist, racist and someone whose policies inflicted deprivation, desperation and even death on those who were poor, sick or not born here.
“This is how I will remember Mrs May: as a fanatic foreigner-hater, nativist, racist and someone whose policies inflicted deprivation, desperation and even death on those who were poor, sick or not born here.”
I don’t know what the personal pathologies are that caused these behaviours. To be honest, I don’t really care all that much.
I care about the many people she harmed and that are still being harmed as I am writing this.
And that includes the citizens whose votes were denied yesterday at the polling stations.🔷
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