Theresa May claimed that she was calling a general election to stop the “game playing” of opposition parties and bring about the same “unity” in Westminster that exists in the wider country. But she’s had the accusation thrown back at her…by a Tory councillor.
Announcing her decision to call a snap general election yesterday (after repeatedly ruling it out), the Prime Minister said;
“This is the right approach and it is in the national interest, but the other political parties oppose it. At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.”
But not everybody is buying it – even among her own party faithful. The election has proven the last straw for one Tory councillor, in area held by the Lib Dems before the last general election, who announced his decision to leave the party with a scathing statement.
Gwil Wren, who represented the Tories on Taunton Deane council, told the local newspaper that the decision to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership was “unforgivable” and that Theresa May had made the situation worse by putting party before country.
“It is clear that Theresa May, rather than taking stock, has decided to embrace Brexit with all the zeal and myopia of the convert.
“Principally this seems to be because supporting Brexit offers an electoral opportunity to control people who would never otherwise contemplate voting Conservative.
“It is this kind of short term, cynical, party before nation attitude that really disturbs me.
“Yesterday’s announcement of a snap election is all about seeking to consolidate Tory power rather than leading and healing a nation in a turbulent and uncertain period.”
Where there was unity, she has brought discord…