Listening to Boris Johnson and Theresa May at a campaign rally

Yours truly got an invitation to attend a Conservative campaign rally, held in an empty warehouse/office building in the Slough Trading Estate.

My was I thankful it was held indoors, as queuing to get in was mostly in the rain – did take my brolly, for which I was thankful.

Boris was the warm-up speaker for Theresa May, and frequently referred to his script. Theresa May, impressively, spoke without a script, covering a lot of political issues. Good to be close-by both Boris and the PM, and to hear them speak. It’s easy to criticise politicians for what they say, and the way they say it – however, it takes no little courage and emotional energy to deliver a political speech with an audience so close to you. In the BBC’s Ben Wright photo of the rally, I’m in the front to the right, though not visible – wasn’t keen to be behind holding a placard, as wanted to see their faces.

I’ve not been as politically active at this election as I have in the past, so was pleased to get an invite. The rally was well organised with refreshments and biscuits available when inside the venue – pleased to say there were bourbon biscuits on offer – though not so many for those following me.

Theresa May hits back at negative EU briefings

Excuse me, what was Theresa May supposed to say at the dissolution of Parliament – everything is fine and dandy with the relationships with the EU. After learning that the exit bill from the EU is €100 billion, and that the European Court of Justice is required to be the arbiter of EU citizen’s rights when residing in the UK.

She is entitled to object, and in strong terms. I’m not of the opinion, held by many commentators – left and right, that it’s demeaning of the Prime Minister to respond as she did – READ HERE.

I couldn’t put it better than the incomparable Daniel Hannan,

The battle of wills is surely between Theresa May and Angela Merkel

Lots and lots is written daily interpreting the minutiae of government words on Brexit. I don’t want to add to it. My angle is about personalities. Perhaps I’ve missed it, but the media don’t seem to be focussing on the key battle between to two main combatants, Theresa May and Angela Merkel.

theresa_mayLets look at what each has said in the past two days. Firstly, Theresa May on the Sophy Ridge Show in Sunday, then what Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Sophy Ridge asking about prioritising control of immigration over membership of the single market, Theresa May said,

‘We are leaving. We are coming out. We are not going to be a member of the EU any longer.

‘So the question is what is the right relationship for the UK to have with the European Union when we are outside. We will be able to have control of our borders, control of our laws.’

Angela Merkel, speaking to the German Civil Service Association, said,

angela_merkel_2011“One cannot lead these [Brexit] negotiations based in the form of ‘cherry picking’. This would have fatal consequences for the remaining 27 EU states.”

“Britain is, for sure, an important partner with whom one would want to have good relations even after an exit from the EU.”

But Mrs Merkel said it was important to be clear, “that on the other hand, we are clear that, for example, access to the single market is only possible under the condition of adherence to the four basic principles. Otherwise one has to negotiate limits (of access).”

Angela Merkel will, surely, have been aware of what Theresa May said on Sunday. No obvious agreement there that I can see. From what we know about the two of them, there are remarkable similarities. Both are religious, lead centre-right political parties, have held similar positions in their respective parties and government, are of a similar age, have no children, and are from a non-metropolitan background,

So far, so similar. Both have succeeded in the male-dominated world of politics, so will both have exhibited grit and determination to succeed and survive. Perhaps it might be said that both show a stubbornness. On Brexit both Merkel and May have frequently repeated their positions, with neither varying very much from those positions.

There’ll be appointed European negotiators, though not yet exactly sure who and what. While the people in the negotiations will be important people, they’re not as important, in my opinion, as that of Merkel for the EU, and May for the UK.

May’s machete mayhem

Apologies for the alliteration, but think it’s true that we’re witnessing the brutal excerise of power.

Theresa May has worked alongside cabinet ministers, and formed a view on them over the last six years. Wow, just wow, Gove gone, Osborne gone, Morgan gone, Letwin gone, Whittingale gone, Hunt gone.

Think Michael Gove will feel hurt, and experiencing that which Boris felt, not that many days ago now.

Seeing power being wielded to end careers leaves one somewhat aghast at it’s brutality. Soon will be out of wifi range, but will follow appointments with interest.

It’s May’s day

Alice Cooper & Theresa MayPerspicacious me, goodness me no. I’m on record here saying I didn’t think Theresa May would win the Comservative party election.

I’d have liked the two candidates to have fleshed out their policies, the sudden withdrawal of Andrea Leadsom stopped that happening. All we have is Theresa first speech in which see surprisingly focussed on reform of executive pay and corporate governance. Maybe there’s a reforming zeal in Theresa that I’d missed.

Whatever, now the hard work starts, getting the right balance in the cabinet between Leavers and Remainers.

The toughest selection is for the position of Chancellor. No, I’ve no idea either.

My tips are Andrea Leadsom for Business, that’s unless she feels so bruised by the election process that she goes to the backbenches. I think she get a cabinet role, though.

What to do with our Michael Gove – a conundrum. Michael and Theresa are noted to be close. Methinks he’ll stay at Justice.

Here’s the rest of my tips, Liam Fox for Defence, Priti Patel for Education, Theresa Villiers for Foreign Office. …… Stopping now before I get carried away.