[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
The Huffington Post reports:
Theresa May has said the “mission” of her new government will be to look after working people, as she took charge as prime minister.
“We will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us,” she said….
Looking directly down the camera lense, May said she would focus on helping people who “work around the clock” but find life a “struggle”.
Following his country’s surprising (?) vote to disenfranchise itself from the European Union, David Cameron announced that he would step down as prime minister. That was three weeks ago. Three weeks. Today, kissing Queen Elizabeth’s ring to make it official, Theresa May assumed power of America’s greatest wartime ally.
Why the Difference?
Not particularly an Anglophile, per se, I certainly concede that the U.K.’s peaceful transfer of power routine is much less dramatic than ours. Three weeks. Our election “season” takes up nearly three years. Why?
The amount of days of actual work missed by our professional political elites, while campaigning for another job, is staggering. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio come immediately to mind. They spent the vast majority of their time over the past two years campaigning for the republican nomination for president; they were not sitting in shirt sleeves while the committees they were appointed to were in session. No, they were mostly on the road.
The same goes for the governor of my state, Chris Christie. Having been plowed over by the Trump phenomenon during the primaries, Jolly Jolly Christie is still out of New Jersey, now looking to become the vice presidential nominee. Here’s just one question, Guv: what happened to trooper salaries … you know them, the men and women who form a human shield around you, even when you are out of state embarrassing us.
Back to Britain
May vowed to tackle injustice, saying “the government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few”, adding that “together we will build a better Britain”. [Oh that the same could be done in America. Of course, May is only at the talking stage right now; but at least she is talking.]
“When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws, we’ll listen not to the mighty, but to you. When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy, but you,” she said. [I wonder if the Koch brothers have relatives in Britain.]
“When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.”
Is This the Year of Women?
Angela Merkel has been hanging in there in Germany, May has taken the reins in the U.K., can Hillary follow–not the rhetoric but the promise? Will women’s hands guide us to a more peaceful world? I hope so.