Election 2017: The media’s invention of May’s political vision

Throughout the first week after the announcement of the general election the current prime minister Theresa May was mostly absent.  There were some odd clumsy attempts to pretend to be out in the streets meeting the public and a few stage-managed appearances at businesses that were receiving publicity as a ‘thank you’ for a donation to the Tory party.  The enthusiasm for these manufactured events is clear in the variety of looks of despair among May’s audience here

Theresa May speaks to factory workers during the election campaign

May’s deficiencies

May is very poor debater.  She cannot think quickly enough to engage usefully with a political opponent or with a member of the public.  She has no intellectual capacity to analyse a discussion in real-time and to consider a response.  She is a drone, capable only of delivering prepared (by others) soundbites and platitudes, almost all of which are blatant lies and misdirection.  

This anti-human persona of May is preferred by those who fund her party because they have a prime minister who is never distracted by truth, circumspection, consistency, self-analysis, doubt or humanity.  May’s stupidity is more than an asset, it is a necessity; see May’s stupidity.  

robotic PR person is effective in controlled environments.  But, the encounters during an election campaign are varied and less predictable.  Tory campaign manipulator Lynton Crosby is experienced enough to recognise the huge limitations in May’s ability to communicate.  Thus, he devised a strategy of invisibility.  The invisibility of May restricts her awkward public encounters and has the extra benefit of keeping media focus on criticism of the other parties’ respective plans.  Invisibility works for May and for other equally dim Tory drones, particularly Jeremy Hunt and Liam Fox, but the Tory election campaign cannot be defined entirely by the absence of senior cabinet ministers.  Fortunately, the compliant media is always happy to help.

Media creates May’s vision and personality

The right-wing media alternates between lies about the policies and intent of Labour, Liberal Democrats and SNP and lies about the record of the Tories.  This is normal.   The only criticism that the Tories receive is when a newspaper gives the Tories a little kick to ensure that there is no slacking in the government’s support for the financial elite.  

Alongside such lies are faux analyses of May’s ‘political vision.’  The Tories exist to fleece the British people for the benefit of a small financial elite; everything else is PR.  Their objective is clear and their methodology is simplistic.  Any analysis by the media that feigns to discuss a ‘vision,’ or even to place May on the political spectrum, is an invention.  It is tripe.  For example, May and her fellow drones have no idea how to progress with Brexit; all they are interested in is how will leaving the EU make it easier for them to change the law so that workers can be exploited more and so that human rights, access to justice and free speech can be restricted.  Fictional essays on May’s plans for Brexit abound in the media as do bizarre descriptions of where on the political spectrum May stands and these invented analyses go beyond the usual Westminster bubble navel-gazing.  

Such inventions are not restricted to the right-wing media.  The liberal media is also keen to falsely present May as a politician with a vision and with clarity – their disdain for socialist tendencies outguns any concerns they have about Tories’ exploitation.

Case Study

Irregular contributor to the hapless Guardian Matthew d’Ancona provided a typical example of extremely dishonest liberal media waffle about Theresa May in yesterday’s Can May finally win over the working class? 

“Is there such a thing as Mayism, or is she simply a grey, autocratic pragmatist?” asks d’Ancona.  

He is aware that the answer is neither.  May is just an obedient drone of financial gangsters.

“In two distinct senses, May is a postmodern politician. First, she wants to move beyond – though not to renounce – the Tory decontamination strategy pursued by the party’s modernisers. As the Conservatives’ first female chair, she argued, when it was still audacious to do so, that they had to present a more likeable and compassionate face to the voters. Her warning to her fellow Tories at the 2002 conference that they were perceived as the nasty party was immensely unpopular with the rank and file precisely because it was true, and it probably put her out of contention as a candidate in the 2005 leadership contest. Fifteen years on, she has not ditched this perspective: I expect Conservative campaign headquarters to deploy its newly centralised selection powers to try to ensure that the party has more than 70 female and 17 black and minority ethnic representatives in the new Commons.”

Yes, a Guardian hack wrote the above with a straight face.  Incompetent, soulless, stupid drone Theresa May is, apparently, a moderniser for the Tories.   Is d’Ancona taking the mickey?  Is his analysis meant to be comical?  Sadly, no.

“The second sense in which May is postmodern relates to the eclecticism of her ideas, her refusal to be caged by ideology, and her authentically Tory sense that history has no linear direction. In this she differs from both Jeremy Corbyn and the gleaming-eyed Brexiteers, who share a belief in a route-map to the promised land.”

In short, she’s as thick as two planks of wood and a thoughtless drone of corporate elite.

“At the Home Office, she was as exercised by modern slavery and FGM as she was by immigration.”

Any ‘concerns’ May had about modern slavery were just an excuse to harass immigrants; any ‘concerns’ she claimed to have about FGM were just an excuse to harass Muslims.  At the Home Office Theresa May was inept, she constantly tried to bypass the law and she promoted racism.

“There is a populist pledge to cut energy bills by £100 a year for 17 million families, and the promise of new employment rights.”

A couple of blatant random lies by May are treated seriously by d’Ancona.

“The Tory task in this campaign is to translate that sentiment into a plausible programme for government. It is a formidable challenge, a Disraelian project for the era of globalisation. But – even more than a successful Brexit – it is May’s most profound ambition.”

Again, surely, the writer is joking.  He has to be.  Theresa May has no concept whatever about anything ‘profound’.

Theresa May is a Tory bastard who is destroying the NHS, destroying education, destroying all public services and starving people to death, particularly people with disabilities.  She is a mindless drone working for the interests of tax-dodging financial gangsters.  Dishonest centrist hacks like d’Ancona are happy to help her with rambling hot takes.  This assistance by these journalists reveals how much the so-called centre of British politics fears socialist tendency.  Humanising May and imbuing her persona with intelligence and vision is ridiculous and is a sad indictment of the lack of ethics in the media.

Election 2017: The media’s invention of May’s political vision

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