UK: Tories plot to oust Theresa May after string of political flubs

UK: Tories plot to oust Theresa May after string of political flubs

[Ed. – Britain has some of the same problems the U.S. does, with the Labour left going increasingly radical — losing touch with the political center — and the Conservative right in disarray.  Some observers tout Boris Johnson as a sort of Trump-like figure, but Johnson seems to really just be more of a nitwit.  He lacks Trump’s gut-level resonance with a big swath of voters that cuts across demographic groups.  May effectively neutralized Johnson by giving him the foreign ministry portfolio, which is something that would not be possible with Donald Trump, in a similar situation.  Interesting times.]

A devastating election and a high-profile speech strewn with mishaps have ignited a leadership crisis for British Prime Minister Theresa May at a critical time as Brexit negotiators push for a deal in Brussels.

A plot by a group of Conservative MPs to oust May was exposed on Friday, reviving memories of the backstabbing that led to Margaret Thatcher’s ouster in 1990.

Many colleagues publicly condemned the attempt and backed their leader, but the Sunday Times reported that at least three cabinet ministers had discussed the need to replace her this week.

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Parliament returns on Monday and May is expected to announce a number of policy initiatives in a bid to reassert her authority, while there are also rumours of a cabinet reshuffle.

But she will also need some progress in the deadlocked Brexit negotiations which resume on Monday.

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