As ministerial murmurings of a Conservative Party leadership election looms following her disastrous speech at this year’s Conservative Party Conference, May’s future looks more uncertain than ever before.
The Prime Minister had apparently conducted more than 20 television interviews the day before this afternoon’s speech. There’s little wonder how she managed to deprive her voice of its ability to reliably utter the words of her speech, and for that she can be forgiven.
As her party repeatedly brought itself to its feet in sympathetic ovation, if only to provide her with a natural pause to take a throat sweet and a swig of water, it was impossible to hide the discontent.
After gaining respect from her party members following a full acknowledgement of her responsibility in the disappointing general election result in May, she made a bold and impassioned pitch for that defining feature of our nation’s prosperity – free market capitalism. Yet simultaneously – almost in parallel – pledged to build more council homes and fix the prices at which energy companies can sell electricity.
Her party knows that what our country needs is more homes for people to own, not more opportunities to drive up dependency and spending.
Her party knows that there are problems with the energy market, but price caps don’t fix markets or improve competition and efficiency. Nor do they reduce prices.
And the damning reality is that the Prime Minister knows this too. She just hasn’t got the leadership to win over the country with the truth.
Knowing that her position is far more tenuous than even his, BoJo needed a stern command from Amber Rudd, the education secretary, before he’d stand to cheer May on.
He knows his time is coming.
Corbyn will claim it a victory for Labour.
In reality, it will be the liberation of an as-yet unsung party, at the point of its nation’s greatest opportunity for progress.