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What the people will not forgive is not getting rid of May, but failing to get rid of her

There have been quite a few comments in the press recently about how no-one in the Tories wants to be seen as being involved in getting rid of Theresa May. Supposedly anyone who is seen to plunge the knife in will never be trusted by anyone ever again.

This may be true when you’re getting rid of a popular, election-winning leader like Tony Blair for no good reason, when it’s obvious that the only reason you’ve done so is because of your own personal vanity. But I don’t think it’s true when you’re getting rid of a universally-hated and traitorous leader who ran a secret operation to sell the country out. In that case plenty of people will regard you as a hero.

Who, exactly, likes Theresa May? She is reviled on the left to a Thatcher-like degree. (Not for any good reason, really, but the left is irrational in its hatreds.) The centrists and New Labourites are more tolerant of her, but none of them like her. The right loathes her. No-one will shed a tear for her, but many will hold parties to celebrate.

What the people will not forgive is not getting rid of her, but failing to get rid of her, as she tries her mightiest to keep Britain enmeshed with the EU to as much of a degree as she can get away with. The Tories will never be forgiven for that.

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