Whether you support or oppose her, credit must be paid to Theresa May. Her ability to lay well below the surface at times of controversy, rising only at times of supreme political importance is rather impressive. This political adroitness, so perfectly displayed, has earned the Prime Minister the sobriquet of ‘the submarine’.
For so long during the EU Referendum campaign, the then Home Secretary, was able to mask her pro-Remain status from the grasping hands of the media. And, indeed it is this ability to isolate her views from the public domain that sparked the dumbfounded response from her cabinet colleagues and the national press when announcing the snap general election.
A bigger question remains. Can Theresa May replicate the same political prowess in securing an election victory on June 8th? Well, from the evidence over the last few months the answer seems to be veering toward ‘no’.
Trouble began, in the form of the PM’s manifesto launch. After, what appeared to be a promising policy programme of a strong economy, a budget surplus by 2025 and free schools; her momentum was abruptly halted over the issue of social care. Indeed, what commentators noted was that the Tory manifesto had essentially introduced a stealth ‘death tax’, noting that individuals could only qualify for free social care if they had less than £100,000 in assets; including a home.
What followed for Theresa May was the first purchase doxycycline online Labour lead in the polls. Albeit only in Wales, a second survey conducted by Cardiff University has shown a 10% lead over the Tories. Ironically this is a significant reversal of fortune for the Tories, as it was the first poll that forecasted a historic Conservative election victory in Wales.
What certainly hasn’t helped Theresa May’s cause either, was her refusal to attend the BBC leaders debate in Cambridge. While initially Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal lessened the impact of media scrutiny, the Labour Leader’s sudden change of heart the morning before the leaders debate only exacerbated the harsh criticism that Mrs May has already faced surrounding her supposed ‘strong and stable leadership’.
From the events of last few weeks in the election campaign, what is clearer now is that Theresa May’s predicted majority is no longer as assured as predicted. With Jeremy Corbyn now only six points behind in the national polls (even three points according to YouGov), it is becoming clear that the Tory rhetoric of strong and stable leadership seems to no longer wash with large swathes of the British people. In light of recent events and the uncertainty now surrounding the outcome of June 8th, you may ask: by calling the general election, will Theresa May have inflicted unnecessary damage upon her party?