Is Theresa May Really A ‘Weak and Wobbly’ Leader?


Written by Jon Rowe 22/5/2017

As a voter, some of the most important qualities that you should be looking for in any politician are strong leadership skills. This is especially the case if said politician is vying to become the prime minister and lead the country for the next 4 or 5 years. If, like me, you were watching BBC 1 last night, Theresa May seemed to buckle under the pressure of being grilled by Andrew Neil on live TV. The same was the case as she announced her u-turn regarding the ‘dementia tax’. She looked visually rattled by both situations and it did not reflect well on her as a potential leader.


Theresa May’s most infamous phrase is ‘strong and stable’, a phrase that she has been continuously mocked for, but is she a ‘strong and stable’ leader or a ‘weak and wobbly’ one?

Honesty


Honesty isn’t traditionally a quality that you would associate with politicians but as a leader, being as honest as possible is essential for strong leadership. Theresa May has consistently been dishonest.  From the beginning, when she put forward her candidacy for the Conservative party leadership, she insisted over and over that she would not call an election before 2020 because the country needed a period of ‘stability’, following the EU referendum result. On April 18th, 2017, when she announced the snap election, she did so by stating that she did so in order to assure ‘certainty and stability’ for the years ahead which of course totally makes sense.


It is obvious that the real reason behind her snap election call, was the 20 point lead that the Tories had over Labour in the polls. She saw an opportunity to secure a majority, riding on the belief that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable. A belief that she could live to regret as Labour have since lowered their lead to single figures. Her snap election call also dragged the FTSE down and in my opinion, that was part of her reasoning too. Giving her establishment chums a chance to invest and gain a quick profit as the market bounces back to normal levels in the days following her call.


Communication


Another key skill for strong leadership is communication. Aside from her recent meltdowns on national TV, Theresa May’s communication skills come into question. Her decision to not participate in the live leaders debate, exposed, what I believe to be her weakest quality. I’m certain that her decision was deliberate because she knew that she was not capable of performing adequately in that environment. In the circumstance that she or her party are unable to control the questions that she is asked, she is left exposed. A conservative spokesperson said that there is no need for the public to see Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn face off against one another, but in reality she bottled it and brushed it off by suggesting that the choice for voters was ‘already clear’.
This is the first time that both Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have run for Prime Minister in a general election and it was incredibly naive of her to assume that the electorate had already come to a conclusion.


Commitment


U-turn. Need I say anymore? The Conservative manifesto was only released on Thursday last week and by Monday, Theresa May had u-turned on one of her key policies, ‘the dementia tax’. Theresa May showed a total lack of commitment by u-turning on the policy with such speed. The reason? The public were dismayed by the policy and it hit her hard in the opinion polls which caused her to panic. She was so certain that her election win would be a walk in the park, only to be trumped by Corbyn when it came down to the manifestos. Theresa May backtracked on her proposed policy so easily, what could it say about her in a negotiating capacity? Will she buckle under the pressure of the brexit negotiations? Will she even be prepared for them, considering she changed her manifesto so quickly?



In my opinion, Theresa May is not a strong leader and she has weak leadership skills.



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  2. I have grave doubts over her ability to cope with the Brexit negotiation. After the latest manifesto debacle I'm sure the negotiating team in Brussels is rubbing their hands in anticipation of a Conservative victory in the election. We need someone with a calm but steely determination, well briefed, but with a determination to find consensus so that all parties get the best possible outcome. Now I wonder who that could be?

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    1. Thank you for your response, I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

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  3. I do think Corbyn will become PM. I have to think that or I would have to admit that the majority of this country is suffering from something akin to Stockholme Syndrome, and that all hope is lost.

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    1. I hope not. I think Teresa May is strong and basically she is trying not to waste money. Unlike labour who gives money away. And then again we are in dept.
      I for one would never vote labour again. They all work in the same way attract voters with oh we put miniman wage upto £10 per hr. Stop University fees. England cannot afford to promise silly money
      But that is how they work.
      Definite no vote for red devils.

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    2. I hope not. I think Teresa May is strong and basically she is trying not to waste money. Unlike labour who gives money away. And then again we are in dept.
      I for one would never vote labour again. They all work in the same way attract voters with oh we put miniman wage upto £10 per hr. Stop University fees. England cannot afford to promise silly money
      But that is how they work.
      Definite no vote for red devils.

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    3. "I think Teresa May is strong and basically she is trying not to waste money". Unfortunately, this doesn't stand up to the evidence. The Tories have created more debt than any in history. Their manifesto is filled with ill-judged, uncosted proposals, offering no benefit to the British people at large, only a narrow Tory group - and they are even trying it on with them. The Tories are giving far more away - £70 billion to corporations for example, while continuing to push ordinary people further into poverty.

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  4. JC has some weakness, as has everyone, but I think the Labour manifesto is infinitely better for Britain than that of the Tories. Perhaps the key points are that austerity does not work and has always been a failure whenever it's been tried; any governments duty is to the majority of the people; environment issues such as renewable energy and reducing pollution of all kinds is perhaps the most pressing issue for the entire planet; active nuclear disarmament needs a leader who is committed to this cause for everyone's benefit; health and education need committed and proper investment including a future strategy for improving the nations health by promoting an active lifestyle, proper nutrition and social stability.
    To my mind the only person in the running in this election who can deliver on these issues is JC. In fact the conservative manifesto and ethos is the antithesis of what the country and the whole world needs right now.

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    1. ARMS, thanks for commenting - appreciate it

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  5. Theresa May because of the bomb attack by a single Bomber may try to play Margret Thatchers Falklands card to try to win the election?
    It was she with her cuts e.g. The Police and other services that made the U.K. More vulnerable and stretched to their limit?
    Putting troops on the Steets because of the lack of police.may be needed but Gives her perhaps an higher profile.
    It would perhaps not have been needed with more police available!
    The worry his if she can handle the crisis her speech after the incident was read from a script without any sign of emotion very robotic and not inspiring probsbly put together by someone with PR experience.
    It didn't seem to take in the feelings of the public at large and gave no confidence!

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  6. May is definitely Weak & Wobbly, Jeremy Corbyn has shown time & again that he can more than hold is own in a tight corner, witness two leadership elections when in the first instance he won with a landslide against the odds and then with the odds even more stacked against him won it again with an even bigger share of the vote. May on the other hand was handed the premiership on the nod, since then she has reneged on practically every promise she's made,
    before the last budget she said they wouldn't increase national Insurance, but did and had to
    U turn two days later, the latest is manifesto U turn on the dementia tax. The media give her and easy ride, the answers she gives to questions often bare little or no relation to the question
    asked and she is not held to account. It will be a disaster for the country if she wins this election.
    The slightest hint of pressure buckles and collapses.


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  7. Was it a U-turn on the dementia tax, or a deception? It's arguable that her "Nothing has changed" comment might actually be the truth for once and that those breathing a sigh of relief will get a very nasty shock if she retains power. And now there are also U-turns on NHS funding (both May and Green have confirmed that the additional £8billion is actually just a shuffling of existing NHS funding) and school meals (where those who know hae fun the figures and pointed out that the budget is equivalent to 6.8p per pupil - which isn't going to come anywhere near providing a nutritious breakfast for all).

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