Theresa May’s decision to host the most recent election seemed to occur in tandem with her desire to increase her bargaining power during Brexit negotiations, consolidating her position as Prime Minister via an influx of fresh support. Yet, it seemed the main profiteers from this decision may have been her main rivals Labour and, whilst she did indeed retain her position as leader, she seems to have taken ample opportunity to alter particular stances and personnel to increasingly resonate with the public. This seems to have continued recently, with her wish to reshuffle her cabinet perhaps showcasing her willingness to adapt and adhere to public opinion. Whilst this may be successfully utilised by her rivals, with their vocal opposition to policies perhaps playing an integral role in the announcement, it seems it may pay dividends for her, and the entirety of Britain, as implementing fresh innovators may lead Britain along with a new path.
With the multitude of Conservative protests which have occurred in the aftermath of her victorious election campaign, the necessity for innovation seems to have intensified. With a number of her policies perhaps also being met with similar opposition, most notably surrounding NHS funding and train fares, a change may act as the catalyst in re-attaining votes. This, therefore, seems the ideology adopted by May, and in confirming her want for improvement, and in altering particular philosophies in the process, she may be highlighting her ability to adapt to current predicaments. As this may be a pivotal trait required by leaders, it may be important in achieving her goal, ultimately contributing to a successful implementation of her, ‘strong and stable’ campaign motto.
Her decision may also pay dividends for a multitude of politicians, with perhaps a fresh influx of new, driven influencers being handed opportunities to showcase the reasoning behind why they were originally elected. Furthermore, increased power for these MPs may be well-received by the public, with their elected candidate from their constituency perhaps utilising policies adhering to their needs, and they may feel they might be having their voices heard. Plus, in signalling an upheaval, it may motivate the current MPs to perform at a higher standard, in order to continue to boast their current position. This seems to most notably refer to Boris Johnson who, although perhaps possessing the required capabilities to succeed in his role as Foreign Secretary due to his earlier position as London Mayor, seemed to be placed in challenging circumstances due to his handling of the predicament surrounding Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. In responding to public opinion about her cabinet, May might further be showing her credentials as a leader, and why she might be strong enough to spearhead negotiations in Brussels.
Yet, this might also be utilised by other parties, most notably her main rivals Labour. They may be relishing their position as the opposition, as they might be aiming to showcase the reasoning as to why they might be superiorly equipped to do a better job than the Tories. With May seeming to continuously be altering her stances to perhaps one historically more associated with Labour, most notably surrounding the housing predicament, the declaration may increase their strength further.
Ultimately, this announcement seems to be drawing focus back to the Government and the original reasons behind why it was elected. With May showcasing her flexibility with policies, including surrounding fox hunting, and with her vocal support for equality, most notably with the debate around Toby Young, she might be gaining elevated validity. With the latter also occurring in tandem with the centenary of women attaining the vote, her credibility may further increase. She might also have found the correct balance between striving for improvement, most notably with the NHS, who seemed to prove their efficiency during Manchester and Westminster, and stubborn leadership; in allowing Trump into the nation, she may enable him to rectify public opinion on him, similarly to her goal. As such, she seems to be making strides towards stability, and with her desire to retain her position as a leader in 2022 well documented, the foundations may be being laid.
Why might these important changes increase stability in Britain during Brexit negotiations?