Looked at objectively, Theresa May is very clearly a political leader who, given free rein, would be a dictator.
Her history as Home Secretary is one of increasingly authoritarian rhetoric and policy, summarised by the “Go Home” vans.
Since becoming PM, govt proposed lists of foreign workers, forcing out foreign doctors, removing troops from international human rights law.
They’ve introduced a two-child policy on child tax credits, forcing women to prove they have been raped to receive their rightful benefits.
They’re bringing back grammars; introducing army cadet units at state schools. Because selection and militarism are academically important.
They’re preventing universities from accepting international students. And they’ve utterly failed to protect EU citizens’ rights.
She failed to condemn a Tory councillor’s petition – tho his local party suspended him – which tried to make opposing Brexit “treason”.
She failed to condemn front pages denouncing judges as ‘enemies of the people’ and Remainers as ‘saboteurs’.
She has consistently derided phantom ‘elites’ for trying to undermine ‘the will of the people’, despite being a Conservative Prime Minister.
In short, she’s presided over a government that has stolen UKIP’s clothes: https://twitter.com/oflynnmep/status/783313098505584641
Her speech announcing the general election doubled down on all this. If it doesn’t shock you, it ought to.
She implied that other political parties differing from her opinion in any way were deviating from the national interest.
She demanded ‘unity in Westminster’ as if Parliament is a rubber stamp, a plaything for her personal vanity projects.
She said ‘the country is coming together but Westminster is not’ as though she deserves a standing ovation for her newfound Brexit zealotry.
(That’s also palpably untrue, as Yvette Cooper sensibly pointed out. Parliament voted overwhelmingly for Article 50 and also voted by 522 to 13 for the general election. Westminster could not be more united at precisely the time we need opposition.)
At this point, it is clear she believes that any opposition in Westminster creates ‘uncertainty and instability’.
She’s basically calling the election because there are 9 Lib Dem MPs, 1 Green MP and 57 SNP MPs who won’t play along.
She accused other parties of treating politics ‘as a game’ while knowingly turning politics into a game herself.
She is a political strongman in the body of a well-to-do, matronly upper middle class woman. The Tories’ nanny writ large.
Then there’s the real reason this election has been called. 30 Tory seats won in 2015 have been under police investigation for a long while.
Instead of waiting for those investigations to be completed – as any sane democracy would – Parliament voted through a snap election.
So now the Tories will make their own alleged corruption in 2015 moot by winning a bigger majority – enabled by other parties.
Worse still, Theresa May has said she is happy for Tory MPs UNDER POLICE INVESTIGATION to stand as candidates in this election.
If we saw another country do that, especially in the developing world, we would be aghast. It is the most obvious case of a bent democracy.
According to Theresa May, this election will be about Brexit. But it’s also about something else.
It’s about ensuring that Theresa May and the Tories’ corrupt, disastrous, and potentially illegal regime is shored up.
We are faced with the prospect of a dictatorial Prime Minister whose power was acquired on the back of a fascist media.
If you aren’t scared, you should be.