Tag Archives: Theresa May

UK: May leaves door open for allowing infant to be treated abroad instead of murdering him

Source: Fox News

"Prime Minister Theresa May left the door open for the terminally ill infant Charlie Gard to receive treatment outside the United Kingdom, as hospitals in the U.S. and the Vatican offered to take him. May told the House of Commons Wednesday that she understands that the 11-month-old’s parents are in an 'unimaginable situation' and are trying to do what’s right for their child, but that in cases like this doctors are forced to make 'heartbreaking decisions.' … Gard is suffering from a rare genetic condition that has damaged his brain and left him unable to breathe without assistance. His parents have said they want to take him to the U.S. for an experimental medical treatment … However, a succession of judges backed specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London who've said the therapy won’t help Charlie and may cause him to suffer." [editor's note: The "heartbreaking decision" of whether or not to "allow" the parents to seek treatment elsewhere is not those doctors' decision to make – TLK] (07/06/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/06/charlie-gard-may-leaves-door-open-for-treatment-abroad-as-us-hospital-offers-to-take-him-for-free.html

UK: May's Tories seal governing deal with DUP

Source: Bloomberg

"Prime Minister Theresa May kept her grip on power by reaching a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which will support her minority government in key votes in the U.K. Parliament. Broadcasters aired footage of Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, the party’s longest-serving member of the Westminster Parliament, signing the accord and shaking hands. … The so-called confidence and supply agreement caps 17 days of discussions after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their parliamentary majority in this month’s snap election. With May relying on the DUP’s 10 lawmakers to win votes in the House of Commons, talks have centered on extra money for Northern Ireland and plans for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union." (06/26/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-26/may-seals-u-k-governing-deal-with-northern-ireland-s-dup

UK: Beleaguered May rips up Tory manifesto, unveils bare-bones Queen's Speech

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

"Theresa May vowed 'humility' today as she unveiled a bare-bones Queen's Speech with a laser focus on delivering Brexit. The Prime Minister is bidding to shore up her troubled government with a two-year legislative programme that sweeps away much of the Tory manifesto. Plans notable by their absence include scrapping the winter fuel allowance and the triple lock on state pensions, ditching free school dinners, expanding grammar schools and a vote on repealing the foxhunting ban. Instead, eight of the 27 laws announced by the monarch are dedicated to pushing through the process of cutting ties with Brussels and ending free movement rules. A pared back domestic agenda will see tougher counter-terrorism measures, consumer reforms and major infrastructure projects brought to the fore." (06/21/17)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4624508/Humbled-unveils-Queen-s-Speech-deliver-Brexit.html

A softer Brexit may be May's best hope — for now

Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

"It is unclear whether the Prime Minister’s position is tenable in anything other than the short-term. But the disastrous election result last week has thrown the previous clarity on the government’s approach to Brexit into disarray. Everyone now has a view on 'what the result means' for our EU exit negotiations, and no two people can be heard to agree. The question on everyone’s lips appears to be this: does the result suggest the public wants a 'softer Brexit,' which would see the UK remain in the Single Market?" (06/13/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/softer-brexit-may-be-mays-best-hope-now

UK: May delays Queen's Speech as she grapples to lead minority government

Source: Sky News [UK]

"Theresa May's Queen's Speech has been thrown into chaos after she was forced to delay it, according to Sky sources. The Prime Minister has postponed the key address — due to be on 19 June — as she grapples with how to control a minority government. The Queen is expected to attend Parliament a few days later to give the speech that reveals that year's legislative agenda. A Labour spokesperson responded: 'Number 10's failure to confirm the date of the Queen's speech shows that this government is in chaos, as it struggles to agree a backroom deal with a party with abhorrent views on LGBT and women's rights.'" (06/12/17)

http://news.sky.com/story/david-davis-admits-government-may-pursue-softer-brexit-10913263

UK: May brings back foe, aiming to unite party before Brexit

Source: Reuters

"Prime Minister Theresa May reappointed most of her ministers on Sunday but brought a Brexit campaigner and party rival into government to try to unite her Conservatives after a disastrous election sapped her authority, days before Brexit talks begin. The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the 'whole of the Conservative Party' when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister." (06/11/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-election-idUSKBN19208I

False dawn or new hope: As May limps on with right-wing pact, Labour unity is key

Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

"Like many others, I rejoiced through the night at the astounding UK election results, which seemed to presage a much needed, much longed-for paradigm shift in the poisonous bipartisan neoliberal consensus that has imprisoned the politics of the UK (and US) for so many years. But this morning finds us in what might be an even worse situation, as a wounded — and woefully incompetent — Theresa May limps to the palace to form a government that will be utterly at the mercy of the right-wing sectarian cranks of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party. And since the government-forming deal won’t be a formal coalition, the DUP will be able to extract whatever concessions they please from May, who will obviously do anything to cling to power." (06/09/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/false-dawn-or-new-hope-as-may-limps-on-with-right-wing-pact-labour-unity-is-key-09062017.html

UK: Brexit thrown into doubt as May's election gamble backfires

Source: Independent [UK]

"British politics and Brexit are in disarray after all the signs suggested Theresa May’s election gamble has gone catastrophically wrong. Updated forecasts indicated the country heading for a hung parliament, with Tories admitting the result would blow the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy to pieces. Ms May’s position was also in question with Labour calling for her to quit and senior Tories distancing themselves from the leader, amid reports of potential successors on manoeuvres. … Ms May would have the right to try and form a coalition first if the Tories are the biggest party, but with rivals ruling out a deal it looks unlikely. Any attempt to rule with a minority would leave her in an impossibly difficult position — needing the votes of parties who have roundly rejected her approach to Brexit." (06/08/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/politics/election-results-brexit-doubt-theresa-may-gamble-backfires-what-happens-next-a7780566.html

Theresa May: The mummy dissolves?

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

"Because Jeremy Corbyn is hated by virtually the whole of the political and media class, she was cried up, through her first ten months in office, as some kind of political giant. She was urged into calling the present election, because everyone important thought it would be a disaster for Mr Corbyn. She obviously believed what she was told, and spent the first week of the campaign smirking at the prospect of a three-figure majority. Then, even the combined BBC and media oligarchs were unable to prevent us from taking a good look at the woman, and concluding that she was probably unfit to run a jumble sale. I doubt she will lose. Bad as she is, she is our best chance of leaving the European Union, and that will surely be enough to get the Conservatives another majority. The prospect of a Labour-Scottish Nationalist coalition may also bring out the votes in England. But, unless the opinion polls are more unreliable than usual, she will emerge from this election personally humiliated." (06/07/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/07/theresa-may-the-mummy-dissolves/

Theresa May's call for Internet censorship isn't limited to fighting terrorism

Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

"You'd think Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself was the driver of the van that plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge Saturday, the way U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is talking about the attack. He isn't, but everybody across the world, not just in the United Kingdom, needs to pay close attention to how May wants to respond to the assault. May believes the problem is you and your silly insistence that you be permitted to speak your mind and to look at whatever you want on the internet. And she means to stop you. And her attitude toward government control of internet speech is shared by President Donald Trump (and Hillary Clinton), so what she's trying to sell isn't isolated to her own citizenry." (06/05/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/05/theresa-mays-call-for-internet-censorshi