My biggest priority will be rebuilding a global BritainThe Prime Minister, u/CheckMyBrain11
This week we were honoured to get exclusive access to the Prime Minister for a no questions barred interview to get to know what the PM really wants for the U.K.
We started out with a simple question to get things started; As a Conservative, what is your long-term ideal vision for the nation?
“As a Conservative, I believe in defending the open society; this means a tolerant Britain, a global Britain, and a free Britain. As PM, I will endeavour to build a Britain in the spirit of David Cameron — fighting social injustices, building a vibrant business environment, and protecting democracy globally.”
The clear answer is sure to please many within the party and many too outside the party. His vision at the end of the day is one that many, Conservatives or not, share. We next moved onto his more personal ideological views with this question: What is CheckMyBrain11’s style of Conservatism?
“I would say that my conservatism is in the strain of Edmund Burke. I first read Burke’s Reflections during my first year of university, and found that he was able to answer a lot of the questions I had been asking about society for some time. I think he offers a useful lens through which we can build a pragmatic politics aimed towards improving the material condition of the people we are asked to lead.”
Somewhat unsurprisingly, the PM chooses not only a strong but classical Conservative ideology but also a political Titan in his own right, is it not Edmund Burke to which our MPs owe one of their core principles? We followed with this question, What is your top priority in the first month in government as Prime Minister?
“My biggest priority will be rebuilding a global Britain. To me, this means designing a new global trade network centred around free trade deals that advance the interests of the United Kingdom and its workers. Of course, the biggest thing standing in the way of this is getting Brexit done. I worked hard as Trade Secretary to make progress in this regard, and I appointed u/Skullduggery12 as my successor because I know he’s the man to bring home a deal that we can vote on and end the uncertainty that is surrounding much of the talk of a post-Brexit Britain.”
While this answer will please many, after all, a strong global Britain and delivering Brexit were among top priorities in the election, some people may be disappointed by the focus on trade and foreign affairs while issues at home continue to grow.
We next moved onto a more sensitive question regarding the Conservative Party itself; Former Conservative Party Chairman, BrookHeimer, publicly resigned and criticised the party’s culture. Is there any weight to this and if so, how will you go about fixing it?
“Of course, there is always work to be done to bridge the gap between the leadership and the membership. As I’m sure you’re aware, critiques of the party leadership as being run by a mystic cabal called the Bullingdon club have been around since I’ve been an MP. This isn’t the case, and as Leader my goal is to prove myself as a Leader of the people. I want to bridge the divide between cabinet and the backbenches, between members and the parliamentary party, and between the party and the United Kingdom. I’m working to make myself the most accountable leader the Tories have had since perhaps InfernoPlato and create a strong culture of internal dialogue within the party, where we can be frank with each other about ideas and build together”
The PM makes an honourable gesture to the party with the desire to make himself the more accountable leader of the Tories since InfernoPlato which to many in the party will be a winning sign but some may want measures to go even further, after all, a party is more than its leadership.
Our next question reverted once again to the government, however only a slightly different note this time, As of late the government has been plagued with leaks and ministers may not be clearly agreeing on key points of legislation. How will you fix this as Prime Minister?
“I think that much of this talk is case in point of Tuchman’s law — for every reported example of something, the problem seems five to ten times worse than it is. I will not tolerate leaks in my government, and those proven to leak will be sacked without second thought. That being said, as far as alleged ministerial disagreements go, this is a natural consequence of any coalition government. Two parties who campaigned with a notable degree of divergence are naturally going to show disagreements on issues sometimes. However, it’s worth noting that this government is remarkably cogent about our plans while I am PM, and that’s to get Brexit done, deliver on our promise for a global Britain through careful defence expenditure and leading the charge to fight China’s multiple clear breaches of international custom, and to deliver on a Britain that is better connected than ever.”
The PM takes a very honest and frankly refreshing view of a coalition by accepting that there will be disagreements on policy but they should be worked around, not left as stumbling blocks to trip up on.
This week has been very relevant for the Union, with the devolution of Corporation Tax to Northern Ireland so we thought we would ask the PM’s thoughts on the Union. As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, what do you see as your role in strengthening it and our union?
“Our Union is one of the most valuable assets of the United Kingdom. The F4 was a big step towards strengthening it. As Chancellor, we sat together as the leaders of four parliaments and decided on a deal that would serve our mutual interests and bring about a principle of fairness to the Union. In line with this, my government will deliver on a freeport in each of the Home Nations, if their governments want one, and we will consult with the devolved governments to select a location that works with their plans to grow each economy. This will help unleash the power of areas like Port Talbot!”
A sensible answer from the PM, with support pledged for the Home Nations, if they do want it, in the form of free ports which will undoubtedly usher in a lucrative period of investment in places such as Port Talbot which the PM deftly mentions.
Our final question was to understand how the PM will react in a crisis and whether he really is the man for the job. In such uncertain times that we find ourselves in, how do you plan to lead the country through it and provide competent leadership?
“With all due respect, we are always in uncertain times. British politics have always faced great uncertainty. As a nation, we’ve faced two World Wars, the Great Recession, and I will aim to do what my predecessors in that capacity have done: lean on the wisdom of the past, of those who’ve come before me. I’ve always been a fan of Churchill’s writing on statesmanship, for example, and at one point in my younger years read Supermac’s biographies. I view my style to crisis and tough times as similar to Macmillan’s — keep calm, continue working, and work until a solution gets reached. If that style got Eisenhower to answer the phone after the Suez crisis, I think it can get us through Brexit.”
With a nod to the party’s history at dealing with crises, the PM dictates his plan for solid leadership, but it is early days and whether this comes to fruition or not – it’s yet to be seen.
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