Esther McVey: 2 petitions, tens of thousands of signatures. In the words of angry hosts to unwelcome guests: JUST GO!
There are at least two petitions now demanding that Theresa May sacks Esther McVey. One has over ten thousand signatures at the time of writing this — the other has over twenty thousand. Each is rapidly gaining more signatories.
This isn’t surprising considering McVey’s disgusting attacks on the poor and disabled, many of which are detailed on the petitions themselves (though one of the petition organisers has now had to disable commenting due to the wording of some angry comments, such is the outrage and hurt caused by McVey), and as made clear in her voting record (she voted to make it difficult for people to pay rent, she voted to make it difficult for disabled and poor people to continue buying food as inflation went up, she voted to reduce the incomes of those who were already struggling, etc.).
The problem with the petitions is simply this: Theresa May. Demanding that a corrupt, hateful, self-serving individual (who even risks the UK economy and the stability of Northern Ireland for her own gains — and now NI has no government despite claims that Sinn Féin’s warning about this risk was “scaremongering”) sacks one of her equally corrupt, hateful ministers is a bit like when people asked King James the Second to stop abusing his authority and to sort out corrupt people — the person in charge (well, supposedly in charge) simply doesn’t care.
In the case of King James the Second, there were eventually civil wars as he consistently refused to listen to people. Whilst there is more apathy these days, I envision this eventually happening as Theresa May continues to plug her ears whilst pretending she’s listening to the people. I believe it’s part of the reason May wants to crack down on freedom of speech so much. Unfortunately, the civil wars will probably be started by an extremist group (right or left), as the non-extremists seem to have neither the will nor the organisation to take such drastic action.
A civil war may seem fanciful, but I would bet money that it seemed fanciful in the days of King James the Second too — until it happened. All that’s needed is a trigger (just like the police beating of a 16-year-old was the trigger for the London riots —though this was hardly reported after Mark Duggan’s death), a date and time, transport, organisation, and strategy. To Esther McVey: there’s one simply way to avoid all plunging the country into further chaos, and that is for you to do what the public wants you to do: Just go. You’re not welcome.