A far cry from the kind of leadership she promised on the campaign trail over the summer, Theresa May’s week has been anything but “strong and stable.” Over a seven-day period, the U.K. prime minister lost two members of her cabinet—one to a sexual-harassment scandal that has implicated leaders on both sides of the House of Commons, and another to a breach of the ministerial code that ended in what some have dubbed the “longest walk of shame in British political history.”
And while the week may be over, May’s troubles are far from gone. Damien Green, another cabinet minister who serves as May’s de-facto deputy, is among those being investigated in Westminister’s sexual-harassment scandal over allegations of inappropriate behavior that, if proven true, could make him the third minister to step down, following Michael Fallon, the former defense secretary, and Priti Patel, the recently-departed secretary of state for international development. Boris Johnson may not be far behind, either. The foreign secretary is facing calls to resign after making a claim about dual British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe that Iranian officials are threatening to use to add an additional five years to her prison sentence (Zaghari-Ratcliffe is already serving five years as a political prisoner in Tehran).
Yet despite the upheaval that has plagued her cabinet and the other challenges that lie ahead, May’s job as Tory leader is safer than one might expect—in part because no one else wants to do it. “Even people who desperately want to be prime minister at some point can see that right now is not the ideal moment to go for it,” Rainbow Murray, a professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, told me. “With Brexit looming in just 16 months and crisis after crisis after crisis, …read more
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