Thursday, 14 July 2016

Commencing on a false pretext

People of middle-age and above will remember well Mrs Thatcher's inaugural speech from the middle of Downing Street. In it she cited St Francis as praying "Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope." There was immediate discord after she learned that Norman St John Stevas, an expert in such matters, had pointed out that the prayer was a French fake. There was more discord to follow, not to mention doubt and despair.

Mrs May's accession speech also began on a false note. In her opening remarks praising her predecessor she said:  "Under David’s leadership, the Government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget deficit, and helped more people into work than ever before. But David’s true legacy is not about the economy, but about social justice. From the introduction of same sex marriage, to taking people on low wages out of income tax altogether, David Cameron has led a one nation government". One can accept that just the act of initiating a stable government restored international confidence in the UK economy and that the Conservatives would have reduced the deficit (far more drastically than if they had not been in coalition, in fact); one can argue how much LibDem ministers in the Business department contributed to the increase in skills and in employment; but it is effrontery to claim that Cameron introduced same sex marriage or raising the low-pay tax threshold. Both these were resisted by Conservatives and, in the latter case, mocked by David Cameron before the 2010 election. They would not have been achieved without Liberal Democrats in government.

It is to be hoped that the rest of Mrs May's speech was more sincere.


jeff3 said...

i really wonder we taking for mugs may in charge conflict of interest comes to mind crooked were fraud is caused by a crook they locked up but those in power hmmm it seems another law for them while her husband gets more contracts from his dear wife how quaint when the real crooks are at west minster oh dear oh dear jeff3

Stan said...

Agree with you Frank. The claiming of the credit for those two LibDem policies was outrageous. But Cameron was doing it before the May 15 GE as well. Skins like rhinos.

Frank Little said...

He claimed credit for the pensions triple lock, too - and that claim was in those letters sent out by the Conservatives which dodged election spending rules via a dubious loophole.