And there went ANOTHER one.
As always – like The Hangman – no ceremony or applause. Pinky (David Cameron) simply made a short speech to the press, then trotted back into Number Ten, knowing his days there were finally NUMBERED.
And he appeared CONTENT with the prospect. Which is no great surprise, given how things INEVITABLY work out for those who occupy his now-former occupation.
His predecessor hardly covered himself in glory. Gordon Brown was as popular as a fart in a space-suit. His time spanned the 2008/9 financial meltdown, but he will forever be remembered for the time he confided his opinion that an old lady was “a bigot” – whilst his RADIO-MIC was still turned on. What a plonker.
Before Brown was his old boss, Tony Blair.
Nice-But-Dim Blair COULD have left the post a hero – if he had done EVERYTHING differently. But sticking his nose up George Wan… sorry, WaLker Bush’s arse and following him to ignominy – led to “7/7” and a set of disasters whose effects are still unfolding.
John Major – a creepy individual. The IRA tried to blow him up, but muffed it. Despite helming Britain for over six years, he is mostly only remembered as the guy who took over when Thatcher got booted out.
Margaret Thatcher; her crimes could fill a BOOK (Belgrano, poll-tax, union-bashing and myriad others). But the worst involved selling off Britain’s “silver” (its public companies, council houses and government departments) to a bunch of fat-cats who plundered (asset-stripped) them and bled gazillions off the British people for using what remained.
Today, Briton’s birth-rights are no more – and they have Maggie to thank.
But they DON’T; at her funeral, they sang “Ding Dong The Bitch Is Dead.”
And the IRA tried to blow HER up as well – with the same result.
James Callaghan had the job during the late Seventies. Jolly Jim spent most of his time battling the unions that his successor then TOOK APART.
And the reason for that was the Winter Of Discontent – particularly, Bloody Thursday. This debacle was sparked by the Oil Crisis – which in turn was sparked by HMG, wanting to raise oil prices to the point where North Sea Oil would become financially viable. Again – a whole BOOK.
Before him, Edward Heath held the position on and off. He was the first PM in the time of this reporter – who was roundly HATED. If you were a pensioner, you were on his list. Today, rumours circulate about sadistic pædophilia. But back then, he was just thought to be a pouf.
And it was he who first took Britain into Europe – with NO referendum.
Which brings us to Harold Wilson. Ruling Britain during its finest period of the last century, he could do no wrong. Although his closure of the “pirate radio” stations at the end of the Summer Of Love garnered him few fans among the YOUNG (ironically, it was one such – RNI – that would be his eventual undoing).
He turned Number Ten into a night club – forever holding bashes for the Sixties showbiz celebs.
It later transpired that he had always aspired to BE one of them.
He finally got his wish, becoming the first former-PM to host a chat show.
And also the LAST – it was an unmitigated CATASTROPHE.
This reporter is too young to personally recall those who went before Wilson – in the main, they appear to have been a bunch of public-school-educated chinless wonders.
Alec Douglas-Home (obtusely pronounced “Hume”) only lasted a year.
Harold McMillan reigned for several – but the later ones were dogged by scandals.
Anthony Eden looked like a film star, however his couple of years in service were blighted by the Suez Crisis.
And before all of them came Winston Churchill. And while he might have won the war, he most definitely lost the peace.
The tragical fact is, not ONE of these people has left office covered in glory – rather, what Terry-Thomas’s SHOWER was comprised of.
And now, the task falls to Theresa May.
I call her Leggy May, but some are calling her MAGGIE May. However, that may not be quite fair. Those in the know claim she is more akin to Angela Merkin. And a lot of people actually LIKE HER – she has been Germany’s Chancellor for over a decade now.
Either way, May has MARRIED the task of dragging Britain out of Europe.
And that is where she DIFFERS from the men (and Thatcher – at a pinch) described above.
In all of their cases the disasters unfolded PROGRESSIVELY – whereas for May, the disasters that lie AHEAD can be clearly seen RIGHT NOW.
Britain’s “Brexit” referendum was a FIASCO.
It is now obvious to most that Britain leaving Europe is a BAD IDEA. Just a look at the Pound and western markets shows the RISE in both, in the lead-up to the vote – when the pollsters claimed a probable win for the “Remainers” – and the massive FALL, when the actual result emerged.
Thus the “mandate” May claims justifies the move is NON-EXISTENT.
If over sixty percent had originally voted to Leave, she might have a point. But the difference was LESS THAN TWO PERCENT.
And it has become TOTALLY clear that if the population had known the RESULT – some did not even know what the E.U. WAS – the vote would have been what it would be TODAY, if EVERYONE were polled.
Legally, Brexit was only a POLL, designed to gauge public opinion. And that opinion has now CHANGED.
But then again, when has a Prime Minister ever allowed the PUBLIC to determine their actions? Never in the history of Britain – as has been squarely demonstrated by the Architects Of Disaster listed above.
Which is why Theresa May will ultimately join her many predecessors, leaving Number Ten – UNDER A MASSIVE CLOUD.