Theresa May’s coalition of chaos is revealed as a fantasy. It’s time to try something different [OPINION]

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Emily Apple

According to Westminster sources, the Queen’s speech will be delayed by “a few days” to enable Theresa May to form her coalition of chaos with the DUP. But this announcement shows that May’s claims of forming a “government of certainty” is nothing but a farce. And it leads to questions as to whether she should step down to allow Labour to attempt to form a government.

Mixed messages

May was very quick to say she was going to form a government with the DUP. She rushed off to see the Queen without an agreement being in place. And she then gave speeches which indicated that the agreement was already in place. She stated that:

This gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.

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But assertions that a confidence and supply agreement were in place were shredded after the DUP released a press statement saying negotiations were continuing, and the PM had to backtrack. And now, May is delaying the Queen’s speech. This means she still has not reached a workable agreement.

Moving forward

Delaying the Queen’s speech is nothing but a subversion of democracy. There are suggestions that it’s been delayed because no one knew the outcome of the election. But surely, that’s the point of an election. It is undecided. And this is a pathetic excuse.

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And this delay does nothing for May’s already rock bottom credibility. She now needs to move forward. And if this means presenting a Queen’s speech without a confidence and supply agreement in place, so be it.

Time for an alternative

If this fails, Jeremy Corbyn will be able to attempt to form a government. If this is unsuccessful, the country would face another general election. But the fact remains that May went into this election trying to get a strong mandate for her leadership in the Brexit negotiations.

She failed. Miserably.

May might have won the election, but many people voted for a change. They voted against austerity and Tory policies. And now, with May’s coalition of chaos looking increasingly like a fantasy, it’s time for her to step aside. It’s time to try something different.

Get Involved!

– Sign the petition of no confidence in a Conservative/ DUP coalition. Make your thoughts on the deal known.

– Contact your MP and be vocal on social media.

– Organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.

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