- In speeches, official statements and interviews with the BBC and Sunday Times, Theresa May repeatedly insisted she would not call an election before 2020.
- When she decided her own interests were more important than the country’s she U-turned and called a snap election.
- May also lied about the reason she changed her mind, saying parliament was obstructing Brexit. This was just weeks after a big majority of MPs voted to trigger Article 50 to take us out of the EU.
Brenda from Bristol's reaction to the snap election.
Failing the country
- Theresa May’s manifesto promised a ‘dementia tax’ that will force people who need social care to pay for it with their homes. Meanwhile the social care system is described as ‘close to collapse’.
- The recent cyber hack which shut down NHS computers happened after May’s government cut security support for NHS computer systems.
- The British Red Cross has said the NHS faces a ‘humanitarian crisis’ with hospitals and ambulance services not having enough funding to deal with demand.
Too many U-turns
- Theresa May has shambolically U-turned on her own election manifesto, first saying she wouldn’t cap the cost of social care and then changing her mind when hit with bad headlines.
- First she broke a manifesto promise on national insurance for the self-employed, but then she U-turned on her U-turn and backed down on that too.
- She said she wanted to deal with the huge pay packets of CEOs but when corporations kicked up a fuss she U-turned on that as well.
Wasting your money
- Theresa May’s government has thrown billions at free schools while other schools are having to ask parents to pay for supplies.
- The National Audit Office says free schools are being built in places where they are not needed, and receive 60% more funding per pupil than local authority schools.
- While May fiddles with education, our children face a looming school funding crisis. She wants to cut free school meals for infants, rather than vanity projects, to pay for this.
Putting us at risk
- Theresa May's Brexit negotiations have been an embarrassment while she has been in charge, with her negotiating partners describing her as “delusional”.
- The Conservative manifesto has been described as an ‘uncosted shambles’, which leaves future funding of health and social care in doubt.
- Despite 40,000 premature deaths a year caused by air pollution, her belated plan to address the issue was ruled to be illegal by the High Court. Public health is at stake.
Out for herself
- Last year Theresa May campaigned for Remain, but now she pretends she is a champion of Brexit. She’ll say anything to stay in power.
- In a speech to City bankers last year she said ‘the economic arguments are clear’ for staying in the EU.
- She told Scotland ‘now is not the time’ for an independence referendum because it would distract from Brexit negotiations, but then called an election in order to increase her majority.
Her promises on health, schools and the economy aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
- Theresa May promised that NHS spending would increase every year but the amount spent per person has fallen.
- Funding for every school pupil was supposed to increase but spending per pupil is being cut for the first time since the 1990s according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
- May’s government said it would bring down government debt but we’re heading towards the highest levels in 50 years.
What does she have to hide?
- Theresa May refuses to defend her record in government in TV debates with the other main party leaders.
- She said she would rather ‘meet with voters’ but her events have all been invite-only and she has avoided speaking to members of the public.
- Journalists complain that they have not been able to ask questions at her events. She is avoiding scrutiny from the public and the press.
- While most British people are worried about Donald Trump becoming US President and what it means for the world, Theresa May held his hand on a recent trip to the White House.
- That’s despite Donald Trump putting the UK to the back of the queue on future trade deals, going back on his original promise he would prioritise us after Brexit.
- Trump isn’t the only dodgy world leader May cosies up to. She sells arms to Saudi Arabia while they behead those who speak up against their brutal regime.