How Theresa May beat Andrea Leadsom to the British PM’s post
Theresa May will be the governing Prime Minister of the United Kingdom starting tomorrow. With a large majority’s support and her only standing competitor-Andrea Leadsom’s withdrawal from the race, the ardent negotiator and indispensable diplomat seems to be a perfect fit for the times that lie ahead for the (not-so) United Kingdom. The former banker and London Councillor will now lead the country to a new era of trade and global presence.
The controversy that led to her opponents withdrawal was her comment on motherhood. In a conversation with The Times, Andrea Leadsom said:
I don’t really know Theresa very well, but I am sure she will be really, really sad she doesn’t have children. So I don’t want this to be ‘Andrea has got children, Theresa hasn’t,’ because I think that would be really horrible. But genuinely I feel that being a mum means you have a very real stake in the future of our country, a tangible stake
Presuming that it’s only the biological mother who cares about the future of the planet is as ancient and uncalled for as someone saying that human beings can ‘save the world’ or that care-giving is the ‘natural responsibility’ of women. It doesn’t apply anymore. The distasteful comment aimed to feed on the patriarchal fetish for motherhood.
Andrea, who was also the leader of the exit campaign during the referendum lacked the many essential qualities that May possesses for the game. May comes with great political experience and has the required skill set. Though Andrea’s resignation followed an episode, which, according to Leadsom was ‘gutter journalism‘ on part of The Times, reasons for her resignation are causing great speculation among many bystanders.
Brexit means Brexit. And we are going to make a success of it.
With Hillary Clinton having almost made it to the other end of the spectrum of western leadership, it is only a matter of time until other major countries in the world follow suit. Here is what the new Prime Minister of Britain said on her election as PM, with a total support of 199 MPs:
I am honored and humbled to have been chosen by the Conservative party to become its leader… During this campaign my case has been based on three things: First, the need for strong, proven leadership to steer us through what will be difficult uncertain economic and political times; The need of course to negotiate the best deal for Britain for leaving the EU and to forge a new role for ourselves in the world. Brexit means Brexit. And we are going to make a success of it.
Her winning tweet:
— Theresa May (@TheresaMay2016) July 11, 2016
This is the second time that Britain sees a woman Prime Minister. The first time was historic enough for us to be pumped about the second time.