The clock is ticking for a rather precarious Theresa May. After a shambolic election result, and at least 48% of people wanting Theresa May to stand down, according to YouGov, it is clear that sooner or later, the prime minister will be forced to hand over the reins.
Indeed, the recent election omnishambles signifies that Theresa May’s Premiership is now, somewhat vulnerable. What has made this election so ironic and indeed damning for the Tories, was the heart-wrenching loss of the PM’s vital government and personal mandate, the latter of which she desired to pursue Brexit. Why should we be surprised? With a shambolic manifesto launch, the Prime Minister could well have been entering Downing Street on 9th June to pack her bags.
The Prime Minister’s integrity is in jeopardy. She called an election with the hope of increasing her majority, and now after a tumultuous few months, that has vanished. According to Mrs May, the electorate had a choice between strong and stable leadership or a coalition of chaos under Labour. But under the Tories we now have the latter, a minority government facilitated by a series of backroom deals. Indeed, the Prime Minister’s desperation was witnessed with a £1 billion new deal for funding in Northern Ireland; a short-term sweetener to try and salvage her credibility. The question that remains is that with limited parliamentary strength, how is Theresa May going to secure the best Brexit deal, is she risks not being able to obtain the support of Parliament? Only time will tell.
The silence of the major cabinet ministers after the initial election result foreshadows the trouble she will face in the coming weeks. After losing a paper-thin majority and the prospect of a future general election victory, in pursuit of a personal mandate, Mrs May has severely divided the party. In a recent survey of 1000 Conservative Party members, 60% called for the Prime Minister to resign. It is now not a question of if, but when Theresa May will be cast aside in a vicious witch hunt, fuelled by the growing internal resentment at the fact that this election embarrassment, was easily avoidable.