The Impending Tragedy of Theresa May


There is no one better suited to lead Great Britain through the perilous Brexit journey ahead than Theresa May. She is a cautious but commanding leader, cultivates loyalty and exemplifies strategic competence. For this, her inevitable downfall will be all the more tragic.

May’s leadership style is exactly what a Great Britain in crisis needs as Prime Minister. She is a serious woman who has no time for gossip or petty politics. She restrains from catchy sound bytes and instead prefers actually doing her job.

When she entered 10 Downing the press jeered for her to kiss her husband. Certainly such heckling would not have occurred if Mr. May was assuming the office of Prime Minister. In a clever move, she ignored the press proving first that she does not bend to public pressure and second that she is not a tourist attraction like the royal wedding. Her reign as Prime Minister will be focused solely on governing.

May is known to be calculating when forming decisions, but once she has digested all the necessary information to form a decision there is no stopping her. Her cunning strategic mind was demonstrated by throwing out David Cameron’s kitchen cabinet in replace of a meritocracy-driven cabinet. She rewards hard work rather than personal friendships. Her effective leadership style clearly trickles down to explain why her staff is incredibly loyal to her and offers no leaks to the press.

May’s cabinet choices were swift, ruthless, and fitting. Her decision to appoint Boris Johnson as Minister of State was brilliant. A boisterous personality who is seen as the face of Brexit, Johnson is well-suited to crisscross the world selling Britain’s new brand just as he once raised the profile of London as Mayor, all the while often being kept at arm’s length from Parliament. Free enough to be content, but far enough away to not cause May too many problems. May sacked Grove from the government entirely despite his endorsement of her short lived race against Leadsom, limiting any chance of being backstabbed from the inside like Johnson. May created a new Minister of International Trade to double Britain’s efforts to rapidly pursue new free trade agreements and boost exports and diversify globally. In her biggest cabinet decision, May appointed David Davis to head Brexit negotiations, placing a serious politician at Britain’s helm for the next two years.

Her concise first speech upon taking office was directly aimed at those who voted for Brexit and feel left behind by both Conservatives and Labour. She recognized the struggling working class, citizens who have lost their manufacturing jobs to globalization, minority groups who feel discriminated against. May championed herself, and Conservatives, as a Prime Minister and Party that works for all of Britain, not simply the privileged few. While appeasing both Brexitors and Remainers with her cabinet appointments, she drove a dagger straight to the heart of Labour in an effort to expand the Conservative Party and her legitimacy as a unifying Prime Minister. Nothing is treated as out of reach for May.

Theresa May has passed the first tests of Prime Minister with flying colors.

May is no timid woman, indeed she embodies the mold of the Iron Lady. She is cool and calculating and has proven herself to be a pro at juggling dynamic political problems and opportunities all at once. The next decade will seriously hurt Britain’s economy and prosperity due to Brexit. Indeed, even the renewed calls for independence in Scotland and Northern Ireland may again rattle the United Kingdom. Despite this grim reality, Britain has no commander better suited to lead her through these unchartered waters than Theresa May.

Unfortunately, the voters will forget that ultimately they themselves are to blame for the current economic and geopolitical nosedive of Great Britain. By the 2020 elections, perhaps even sooner, May will be characterized by the masses as a failure who caused recession, a divided Britain, and severely diminished the United Kingdom’s influence abroad. The voters will not remember that in 2016 Great Britain could have jumped further off the cliff with someone else as Prime Minister and that May worked selflessly to minimize the damages.

Despite the impending downfall of May caused by short memory spans and political tunnel vision, it is clear from the start of her term that she has the potential to be one of the greatest Prime Ministers Great Britain has ever known.

A Guiding Voice of Principle for Conservatives at Georgetown

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In its first year of operation, the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service has brought many conservative leaders to campus to speak about their visions for America. In the fall, former governor Luis Fortuño (R – PR) served as a fellow of the program, hosting talks and office hours and inviting students to enter into the political conversation. CNN contributor S.E. Cupp has also hosted various events, organizing conversations with students about the state of the world today. GU Politics has invited a number of prominent legislators and national figures to speak on campus, from Senators Tim Scott (R – SC) and Mike Lee (R – UT) to former majority leader Eric Cantor. In the “Reflections on Running” series, former presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina discussed their experiences running for president.

While other colleges merely pay lip service to promoting a free exchange of ideas, Georgetown and GU Politics have been fully committed to bringing this dialogue to light. Indeed, it has never been a better time to be a Republican at Georgetown.

It was especially rewarding to find out the Institute would be ending the year with a speech by none other than Speaker Paul Ryan (R – WI). Getting in line that morning, I already had some sense of what Speaker Ryan would be talking about. For years now, the representative from Wisconsin’s first district has been a stalwart defender of conservative values in the House of Representatives. For the longest time, Ryan was known as the budget guru for Republicans, advocating for reasonable, balanced budgets while also cutting taxes and spending. Ryan was also a vocal player in petitioning for entitlement reform, as he believed that major reforms were necessary to keep programs like Medicare and Social Security solvent and safe for future generations.

Yet, as time passed from his unsuccessful bid for Vice President in 2012, Ryan began to adopt a new message as he toured the country’s least fortunate regions and areas. Recently recanting his “makers and takers” tone, Ryan has since switched to a conservative message of hope and optimism, frequently speaking on how Republicans can truly help our fellow citizens living in poverty and dealing with poor-quality housing and education. It was precisely this message of hope for America’s future that was expected to reach Georgetown audiences that day.

Very shortly into his speech, everyone could tell that Ryan sincerely wanted to connect with millennial voters and continue the dialogue with them. His personal story was simultaneously witty (with regards to how he almost became a ski-bum in Colorado) and emotional (describing the challenges his family faced after his father passed away). Without falter, his belief in the American Dream always rang out, echoing the long-standing tradition that anyone who perseveres through challenge and adversity can succeed in America. Ryan went on to extend that vision to Americans at large, recounting the many ways the House of Representatives are trying to loosen the burdens of government regulations that are holding people back from reaching their full potential. After all, the government exists to serve the people, Ryan contended, not control the people. He closed his introductory remarks with an invitation to the students in the audience, asking them to join the conversation and offer their own ideas and efforts in building a confident America.

The Question-and-Answer session that followed gave many students a chance to do just that. Students posed a number of questions about issues that deeply affect their own personal lives, from rising education costs to health insurance that covers pre-existing conditions. Rather than preaching from a pulpit about the failures of liberal policies, Ryan acknowledged the concerns of these students and offered viable conservative alternatives, from keeping the college loan process local and personal while also expanding school choice to replacing Obamacare with increased nationwide competition with a separate high-risk pool for people with pre-existing conditions. Not only that, Ryan went beyond conservatism to appeal to the audience’s sense of national unity and strength. When questioned about the removal of the state flags from the Capitol tunnel, since some flags include Confederate symbols, Ryan explicitly declared his opposition for such divisive symbols, instead calling upon Americans to celebrate symbols of unity.

In the hour plus dialogue, Ryan imparted many wise words on conservatives in the audience. He advised people concerned with the consequences of the 2016 election to keep hope in mind and to judge a candidate by their policy vision for America, not their personality. Ryan described the various political issues our generation will have to address, from chipping away at the national debt to reform entitlements such that our generation can continue to benefit from the programs. Most of all, Ryan served as a model for young, optimistic conservatives hoping to change the country for the better. With politicians such as Speaker Ryan, America can truly stand as a land of hope, freedom, and opportunity.

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A Bipartisan Idea


The overwhelming consensus among members of the GOP is that President Obama has done no good in office. This idea is omnipresent in the way we discuss and evaluate him. I would like to call attention to a question the President has addressed that continues to be very relevant to students at Georgetown and to those on college campuses across the country—to what degree should we be protected from harmful or dissenting ideas?

In September 2015, President Obama offered his take on students’ oversensitivity. He argued against suppressing the voices and ideas of people we disagree with politically or morally. The president urged students to argue with different points of view rather than ignore them, even if they were offensive.

College is not meant to be more than a training facility for job skills. Rather, it is a forum for diverse ideas and discussions that are unfeasible in any other environment. How can we challenge and change ideas we don’t like if we are never exposed to them? This unwillingness to face opposing viewpoints crops up in class readings and discussions, as well as on-campus speakers who are deemed too politically polarizing.

As a student of history, I have determined that we cannot truly learn from the past, if we cannot hear all the sides. To understand the lead-up to the Civil War, we have to study both slave narratives and pro-slavery plantation owners, even though it is safe to assume not many people still agree with Calhoun’s stance on slavery (he really wanted to keep it).

Similarly, we cannot understand the current political climate if we do not acknowledge and hear first hand of current injustices in the world. People still think and talk about various races as inferior and women as objects. Coming to terms with our generation’s place in this discussion is not meant to be comfortable. It’s one thing to complain about these problems, but it is much harder to hear them firsthand. Yes, it’s harder, but it’s much more valuable in growing up and away from the ideas many of us want to leave in the past.

For the most part, Georgetown is good at giving representation to different points of view. We are students at a historically Jesuit university that celebrates that heritage while not forcing anyone to believe one way or another. We had Cecile Richards come speak, and then we had a Right to Life week. However, we also overhear discussions of banning Donald Trump from speaking on campus—even if he were to become President—because of his copious insensitive comments. Not only would that disrespect the legitimate holder of the highest office in the land, it would also silence any discussion before it could begin. To all my liberal friends, I promise there is such a thing as a smart Trump supporter, and there is no reason their voices should be ignored just because of who they support, especially when Georgetown has already hosted democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders.

I do not advocate silencing either sides of the aisle. We can never develop a system of beliefs that is uniquely ours if we do not hear all possible viewpoints. We cannot grow without getting hurt and challenging ideas, and we cannot be exposed to the real world without getting offended. How can we learn from the past if we are not allowed to talk about it and if we are prohibited from reading firsthand how our forefathers thought?

President Obama argues for a well-rounded education, in subject matter and points of view. The best way to learn is to start a discussion, not silence one. We should hear the voices of those both celebrated and mocked, because like them or not, they got there for a reason. We must carry the gold out of Egypt, for there is an opportunity to learn from every experience.

It is rare for Obama to receive wholehearted support from anyone with conservative ideas, but I must applaud him here.

Well said, Mr. President.

This article presents the views of author Emily Wendt, not necessarily those of the Georgetown University College Republicans or GUCR Board. This piece belongs solely to Ms. Wendt and cannot be reproduced in any way without her express consent. For more GUCR updates, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.