We are being led by people who have no plan for the future of this country. We must focus our energy and forget tribes for this battle to come that will transcend party politics.


First published in July 2020.


Today, something occurred to me that I am sure cannot be an original thought.

My first political memory is of Margaret Thatcher becoming the first female prime minister.

That was, obviously, historically significant, but at my young age, I was unconcerned with equality – I grew up with two brothers and never felt unequal to them.

But I clearly remember assuming that a woman would have more empathy and be kinder. Sexist and naive, I know, but I was 11.

As it transpired, I spent my formative years with Thatcherism and hated it. It was at odds with everything I considered right.

I spent my formative years with Thatcherism and hated it. / Flickr - Levan Ramishvili

Today, I look back at that time, and my opinion of Thatcherism is unchanged. However, I now grudgingly admit that the UK would never have left the European Union under Thatcher. She wouldn’t have pandered to an extreme minority in the party.

All that said, the thought that occurred to me is that Margaret Thatcher had beliefs, principles (not shared by me), and a clear vision for the UK. Whether I agreed with those or not, the fact remains that Thatcherism was founded on something.

Today we have people in government with no vision. They are leading us down a blind alley with no destination. There is no strength of conviction in what they are doing because it isn’t based on principles, values, and beliefs.

We are being led by people who have no plan for the future of the UK and its people. They put an excessive amount of energy and effort into avoiding scrutiny because there is literally nothing of substance to see.

The weakest of foundations to build on is personal greed, whether that’s for money or power. Our prime minister has proven that by finally achieving power and hating the responsibility that comes with it.

The weakest of foundations to build on is personal greed. Our PM has proven that by finally achieving power and hating the responsibility that comes with it. / Flickr - Number 10

They appear all-powerful, but they aren’t. We are stronger than them because our motivation is founded on principles, values, and doing the right thing for the largest number of people.

Now is the time to focus our energy on this sorry excuse for a government.

Let’s forget tribes for this one battle. This transcends party politics.

This is our ‘battle for Britain’.🔷


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[This piece was first published in PMP Magazine on 9 July 2020. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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