Recently, Theresa May has made a thing out of her Christian ‘faith’, Tony Blair made something of his as well, though I suspect more to address his Catholicism within the weird religious history of these fair isles or to help get his kids into the local Catholic school, who knows? May’s declarations of being guided by her religious dogma should ring many an alarm bell, not because being of a religious bent should be an issue in of itself but history is littered with unscrupulous amoral and immoral people who shroud their misdeeds in a veil of higher power enlightenment and entitlement.
Back in the mists of the 2016 Tory Party Conference, May attempted to rewrite reality and history by bizarrely trying to implant the notion that the Labour party had inherited the Tories’ moniker of being the ‘nasty party’. In our world of ‘post-truth’ politics and in the face of dozens of investigations of Tory election fraud, where the Tory party illegally exceeded spending in key seats in attempts to influence the outcomes, and in the wake of repeated attacks on benefits targeting people with disabilities under the economically illiterate policy of Austerity, May stood on stage and gave the country the middle digit. But is that post-truth ‘reality’ the world in which May lives?
I’ve written before about my belief that May attracts very little support within her party, and that should well be a good thing, given the detritus in her party, but her position of weakness within her own party subjects her to influences outside of the democratic world and I’m not thinking of God’s guiding hand. As with the Labour party and the LibDems, parties are subjects to the movers and shakers who move their money into offshore bank accounts and shake £millions into the party coffers. I’ve long felt that the £millions that donors pour into political parties is the surest sign that we don’t tax some people nearly enough and Jeremy Corbyn’s recent comment about pegging top ‘earners’ wages to workers salaries is a welcome move in thinking (though expect those controlling the press to have other, contrary views; isn’t it funny that megalomaniacal billionaire media barons don’t find the idea of a cap on wealth siphoning palatable).
I’ve written previously on what I perceive has been the influence by Lord Sainsbury’s £millions on the LibDems and what we should fear for Britain’s democracy of the influence of the vanity politics that sates the egos of wealthy patrons. It’s an ugly business and it corrupts society. Theresa May has spoken publicly on how her faith in God is guiding her political decision making; I don’t think such a statement is anything more than a cynical attempt to bolster her nominal support with voters in Britain of a ‘small c’ conservative leaning, but if we take her at her word (and there’s no evidence to date that we should ever take anything much that Theresa May says to be the truth) then I’m guessing her God is Old Testament.
I have to be honest, I would rather a Prime Minister relied on sound judgment and the collective informed opinion of a diverse and educated intellect but that would rely on Britain making great leaps forward with our democracy and political institutions and structures. Until then we will be lumbered with the egos of the driven few cajoled by the egos of the wealthy few and the inanity of Red, White, Blue Brexits that reveal the intellectual and honesty vacuum at the head of our state. Is it any wonder the current Labour leadership are so feared by the ‘establishment’.