Mrs May handed P45 during her Conference Speech

October 5, 2017 Opinion , OPINION/NEWS , POLITICS , UK

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Hazel Speed


So much happened during the Prime Minister’s Speech to Conference, but before I outline some of her remarks, there was a huge security risk when an  approach was made directly to her and a P45 handed by a man wearing what appeared to be an official delegate ID neck ribbon and badge.

He gave her the P45 during her address to conference and she accepted the sheet of paper whilst the man turned and gave a comment and thumbs up to Boris Johnson.

Eventually, whilst photographers seized photo opportunities of the man being subdued and removed, the audience geared at him shouting ‘get out’. (He turned out to be comedian Simon Brodkin).


Mrs May had a few moments earlier been remarking on mental health issues, so it was interesting how she managed to turn the situation away from what had just occurred and stated she would like to give Jeremy Corbyn a P45.

Mrs May’s speech soon ran into another difficulty, in that she began to lose her voice.  The Chancellor handed her a sweet and she joked about him giving something for nothing.

At one point it appeared as if she was close to tears and perhaps someone else should have been delegated to read her speech.  However, Mrs May would have no doubt realised what the headlines would have been and how Mr Corbyn could capitalise on same.

The PM coughed and spluttered periodically like a car running low on oil or petrol.  She really does seem to have bad luck this year.

The Prime Minister was using rhetoric to try and prove the point that she was not cold as ice, but one felt a few remarks swung too far the other way to compensate.


An account now, of some remarks in her speech.


First of all, Mrs May was welcomed with enthusiastic applause and standing ovation.

The Prime Minister commenced her speech to Conference in an anticipated and predicted manner, i.e. apologising to the delegates for the unexpected results following the General Election.  There was an element of playing to the gallery but also some altruism as well.

Mrs May, having to cope with a bad cough, outlined some of her family history referencing her Grandmother being a lady’s maid ‘below stairs’ and that her sacrifices resulted in the family subsequently producing three professors and one Prime Minister.

Unfortunately, her early remarks displayed a similar mantra to the failed one of the General Election, i.e. ‘that’s what I am in this for.’

Thankfully, in due course, that was left behind.


A list was then given of achievements and stances on a variety of issues, all of which, I could think of a retort thereto.  Mr Fallon is far better at such technique of relaying facts and figures.  To each their talents.

The Prime Minister announced she would be appointing an Advocate to represent those caught up in tragedies such as Hillsborough and Grenfell and that she stood for justice for the victims.

The retorts are obvious, i.e. Hillsborough campaign have reached their present reach of justice by their own means albeit that the Prime Minister has green lighted legalities being accessible to them now

As for Grenfell – the potential criticisms against the Government are still self apparent and do not need outlining again herein.


Organ transplants – the emphasis of availability will be altered.  This is a tricky one for a host of reasons: Many religious beliefs are against transplantations; If anyone opts out/refuses, then one can imagine possible bullying and intimidation both in hospitals and perhaps a loss of benefits, who knows?  People should have a free choice and not be, as some describe, ‘pantries in waiting’.

Simon Wessely is to advise on certain mental health issues but he is not a popular person regarding some of his views in respect of his take on a few physical conditions by sufferers.

New housing initiatives to be funded by £2bn (but more specifics need to be provided as Mr Barnier might put it).

A cap on energy prices.


The Prime Minister ended her speech referring to tough times and by God, did she have one today.


If one was to consider Mrs May’s Speech just on its content, irrespective of the unfortunate situations, it did not stand out, her Lancaster Speech being superior, but one must concede the political difficulties she is currently dealing with and the limitations of contingent factors.

The Prime Minister’s anecdotes were to emphasize opportunities which the Conservative Party can provide where ordinary people can achieve great things and seize opportunities; also her fight against injustices referred to in her rhetoric.

All I can say is that she was fortunate, as many people who work hard never experience the dreams to which she alludes.

Regarding the two distinct situations she had to cope with today, I feel the Prime Minister should be congratulated for her grit.

However, that is not the issue, is it?





Hazel Speed

Photo (c) Hazel Speed – used by kind permision to Tuck Magazine

Hazel Speed is a Philosopher, Writer, and Artist with various creative projects at differing stages of development. Her flaship project is an animation which has produced a film short: She has also written an E-novel, ‘Just Suppose…!‘ which is available via the attached link.

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