Post by pragmaticidealist on Mar 27, 2020 13:41:28 GMT
Theresa May is, for whatever reason, still PM now. Perhaps she led the Tories to an increased majority in the 2017 snap election.
How would she be handling the present pandemic? Her instincts are known to be quite authoritarian. Would she have taken a more hard-line approach from the outset, perhaps something along the lines of that of Macron?
I have been thinking about this a lot. I can't help but think that she would actually handled this a lot better than she handled Brexit.
Consider this. May is a famously inflexible character and is often sticks to a course once she has set on it. When handling an issue like Brexit, where there were multiple options with different priorities to choose from, someone like that was always going to upset people and fail to bring over enough people to her way of thinking. This is where, in retrospect, Boris Johnson probably would have been the better PM for taking the UK out of the EU.
Coronavirus is a different kettle of fish. This is a crisis, not a policy choice (or more accurately not a crisis borne out of policy choice, but I digress) and thus decisions made will mostly be reactive in nature, the number of options available for reacting are small and all options have the aim of containing the virus and reducing fatalities.
In this scenario, at least in the early weeks of the virus being in the UK, May would have made and communicated policy choices clearly without the initial lack of clarity which had clouded Johnson's response. This may have reduced the mass congregating last weekend, mass panic buying the weekend before and made clear to employers that they must keep employees at home wherever possible. I think people are feeling more confident in the Government's handling of Coronavirus now, but initial few weeks were still crucial for setting the tone.
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2020 21:16:41 GMT by mondialito
'All [people] want is someone to love, somewhere to live, somewhere to work, and something to hope for.'