For the second time in British history, a female Prime Minister has been appointed. Following on from the shock result of Brexit and David Cameron’s subsequent resignation, Theresa May has replaced her predecessor. She became the only realistic choice to take over as leader of the Conservative party after Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom all stepped down.
In certain respects, there are similarities between our new Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher, with May sharing Thatcher’s strong personality, determination to get what she believes is right, and a thick skin in not seeming to care about popularity. Her strong slogan “Brexit means Brexit” suggests that she is determined to push forward and carry out the public’s decision swiftly and effectively.
What can we expect from our new Prime Minister now that she has been officially appointed? There will certainly be some changes to the cabinet, with Boris Johnson already being chosen as the new Foreign Secretary. However, in her first official speech outside Number Ten, May talks of wanting to continue with Cameron’s idea of ‘One Nation’ and a union of all British citizens. The Prime Minister cites some of the problems and unequal opportunities if you are working class, or black, and it is a very positive sign that she is acknowledging the divide, and claiming that her government will focus on the needs of everyone, not just the upper classes. However, it is currently unclear how she is planning on bridging the gap between upper class and working class; black and white; women and men; and young and old.
Many have already voiced concerns over Theresa May’s notoriously strict immigration policies, and what that might mean for the future of Britain. If May continues with the policy that immigrants must earn over £35,000, Britain will be losing valuable fire-fighters, midwives, teachers and vets. These are some of the most important jobs in our society, and if we refuse immigrants such jobs, these sectors will undoubtedly suffer. As of yet, it is not known how May will approach the issue of immigration.
Theresa May was undoubtedly the strongest candidate for the position, but whether she is strong enough to steer Britain through the upcoming tumultuous months is unclear: only time will tell.