The world may be going mad, but here are six common-sense statements about politics from the last week.
1. A senior Tory’s reaction to Theresa May
According to the BBC, Theresa May has declared that she is in it for the long-term and hopes to lead her party into the next election. This is highly doubtful, and this tweets gives a good old common-sense analysis to May's statement.
Political correspondent for Sky News Lewis Goodhall tweeted that a senior Tory MP told him May had to be delusional.
Senior Tory MP tells me: "My concern is that Theresa May actually believes what she has said. She is delusional."— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) August 31, 2017
2. Ruth Davidson versus Big Ben
Yes, Big Ben is important, and the story should be covered, but only to an extent.
There are more important matters to discuss.
3. Michael O’Leary and Theresa May
The Guardian reports that RyanAir’s chief executive Michael O’Leary has that:
“Brexit is going to be a disaster for the UK economy. She [Theresa May] needs to be over there negotiating or at least removing these roadblocks, not swanning around Japan drinking tea and sake.”
The clock is ticking, Theresa...
4. Alex Salmond on Nicola Sturgeon and #Indyref2
In an exclusive interview with Holyrood Magazine, former first minister Alex Salmond said:
“Nicola would never have pulled the trigger on the second referendum if it had been clear that there was an election to come, it was done on the basis that the election would be in two or three years’ time, which was the reasonable expectation that everybody had.”
The SNP definitely lost seats and votes in June’s election due to their commitment to holding another vote.
5. James Kirkup on the next election
In a recent Spectator piece, columnist James Kirkup declared that “Neither May nor Corbyn will fight the next election". His prediction was based on the argument that Corbyn would be approaching eighty by the end of the following five-year parliament, and that it was based on the assumption that the next election is due to take place in 2022. If it somehow manages to survive until 2022, Kirkup makes a very good point.
If an early election takes place, then a new vote could be a Corbyn versus May rematch.
6. Scottish Labour’s infighting
On Tuesday night, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale announced that she was stepping down from her post in an exclusive BBC interview with Brian Taylor. Writing in the Guardian, freelance columnist Ruth Wishart said of the resignation: “The end of Scottish Labour’s civil war? Don’t bet on it.”
Dugdale may be gone, but with the contest shaping up to be a battle between left-wing Richard Leonard and moderate Anas Sarwar, Wishart is right.
The infighting looks set to continue.