Saint Therese of Britannia

Theresa May met her foretold destiny with elegance and softness. For too long a time she knew she could not bring Humpty Dumpty together again but needed to attempt to restitute political strength to her party. When she finally realized that the latter goal was unreachable, she submitted her resignation. Theresa May was thus trapped by the popular revolt and the refusal to address it by  political leadership. She will most probably be remembered by posterity as the patron saint of headaches just like her predecessor and namesake St Theresa of Avila.
Beatrice E. Rangel

Saint Therese of Britannia

Beatrice E Rangel

Theresa May met her foretold destiny with elegance and softness. For too long a time she knew she could not bring Humpty Dumpty together again but needed to attempt to restitute political strength to her party. When she finally realized that the latter goal was unreachable, she submitted her resignation. Britain and the conservative party enter now a spiraling tug-of-war that could end enshrining a political movement similar in nature to the tribe that follows Donald Trump in the US.
Indeed, while perhaps Ms May might have been a bit inflexible when dealing with  parliament it is difficult to think of an effective means to bring together a fragmented body that had broken with party lines; ideological tenets and even political strategies The British parliament had indeed turned into a political kaleidoscope where fragments of reality were enshrined in all encompassing images of stars proclaiming a bright  future away from Europe.
Further, fragmentation was also present in the British geography with the North pulling away from Europe while the South pushed in the continental direction. Youth and old age also shared contrarian positions which are constantly expressed everywhere with furor, controversy and disdain.
Without being aware Ms May brought to a close the Post War Era when the world leadership placed their hopes in internationalism. But after 50 years of progress and economic growth the technology genie jumped out of the bottle to swept away personal security and any certainties about the future among the middle classes.
Globalization brought industrialization to many corners of the world but took it away from others that felt entitled to a steady life sustained by job security; stable compensation; good public services and growing access to education by the younger crowd.  Instead, many cities in Europe and the US went through the bitter grapes of economic decay as their economic base either lost relevance to wealth creation or was transported to a far away destination where cost structures would enhance competitiveness.
Under such circumstances the confused and impoverished victims have been in search for a leadership that guides them through these days of confusion and oblivion. A leadership that could decipher to them the signals being transmitted by the technology genie so that they could reinvent themselves and survive the slump. A leadership like that represented by Franklin D. Roosevelt who created technical schools to empower rural folks with urban skills as innovations in agriculture reduced the needs for manpower by 40%. Instead all these confused and security seeking inhabitants of the so-called developed world got was the promise that someday the storm will pass without any indication as to when or how.
As a result, the people rebelled against the British elite and everything that bears any close resemblance to globalization. And this of course is Brexit. The political leadership knows this and given hey lack clues as to how to deal with the situation they chose to confront Ms May and to present her to the world as an incompetent leader and a confused person. Theresa May was thus trapped by the popular revolt and the refusal to address it by  political leadership. She will most probably be remembered by posterity as the patron saint of headaches just like her predecessor and namesake St Theresa of Avila.

Published by LAHT.com on Wednesday,  May 29, 2019

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Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies. For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O’Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador. You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.