So, it’s been nearly a week now since David Cameron moved his socks into the drawers at Downing Street and we’re starting to get a better picture of what this new coalition cabinet looks like.
Over the last few days, I’ve been bombarded by facebook requests to join groups asking for the resignation of Theresa May from her newly appointed post as Secretary of State for the Home Department; and Minister for Women and Equalities.
Rather than make a knee-jerk reaction based on the facts provided by some spotty teenager on a facebook group (which is, as we all know, a source of undeniable veracity) I thought I’d do a bit of reading up on her to see what all the fuss was about.
A quick perusal of www.theyworkforyou.com, reveals that Ms. May’s voting record is maybe not what you’d have expected form the new Minister for Equalities. She voted against equal gay rights, against the removal of hereditary peers and against the ban on fox-hunting. That’s the kind of voting record which conjures in my mind images of a crusty old conservative stereotype. She is also strongly in favour of spending billions on building new nuclear deterrents, money which could be better spent reducing the impact that austerity measures will have on frontline services (or just giving everyone in the country some free ice-cream), but that’s another rant for another time.
So I’m wondering if anyone else has an opinion on this? I’m dismayed at her record but I’m not going to say she has to go. Not just yet, anyway. I want to give her a chance to live up to the role of Minister for Equalities.
Theresa May, I will be watching you!