Scapegoats or noble Conservative Party warriors?
Prime Minister Teresa May narrowly holds on to her majority (and her job), but the fall-out from the ill-timed election and its disappointing results is just starting. Two of her top aides have resigned in an apparent effort to divert criticism from May.
The fallout of the election disaster has led two top aides to British Prime Minister Theresa May to resign on Saturday.
Joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, who formed part of May’s small inner circle, shouldered some for the blame for Thursday’s snap election that proved a disaster for the Conservative Party and a potential fatal blow to May’s premiership.
Timothy and Hill were blamed by many Conservatives for the party’s lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform, which alienated older voters with its plan to make them pay more for long-term care.
Timothy explains his decision at Conservative Home:
Yesterday, I resigned as the Prime Minister’s adviser.
Clearly, the general election result was a huge disappointment. What lay behind the result will no doubt be the subject of detailed analysis for many months. My immediate reaction, however, is this. The Conservatives won more than 13.6 million votes, which is an historically high number, and more than Tony Blair won in all three of his election victories. The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour.
. . . . I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme. In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care. But I would like to make clear that the bizarre media reports about my own role in the policy’s inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project. I chose not to rebut these reports as they were published, as to have done so would have been a distraction for the campaign. But I take responsibility for the content of the whole manifesto, which I continue to believe is an honest and strong programme for government.
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