The former Conservative Prime Minister has launched a scathing attack on the current Prime Minister’s leadership.
Theresa May published an article in The Daily Mail which tore into Boris Johnson’s lack of “moral leadership,” criticising several of his decisions.
Mrs May wrote in the piece that the Prime Minister’s decisions had not “raised our credibility in the eyes of the world”. She continued: “The world does not owe us a prominent place on its stage. Whatever the rhetoric we deploy, it is our actions which count.”
In particular, Mrs May attacked the threat of breaking international law with regard to Northern Ireland, as well as the cutting of the Foreign Aid budget. She wrote: “Threatening to break international law by going back on a treaty we had just signed and abandoning our position of global moral leadership as the only major economy to meet both the 2% defence spending target and the 0.7% international aid target were not actions which raised our credibility in the eyes of the world.”
She added: “We have been sliding towards absolutism in international affairs: if you are not 100% for me, you must be 100% against me.
“Compromise is seen as a dirty word. In fact, the opposite is true.
“We must reject a scene in which a few strongmen face off against each other and instead bring people together in a common cause. But to lead we must live up to our values.”
She went on to write about the outgoing President of the United States, Donald Trump, saying: “I never knew what to expect – from being offered, sometimes literally, the hand of friendship to hearing him question core tenets of the transatlantic alliance.
“When a British Prime Minister walks out for a joint press conference with the world’s media unsure if the United States President standing next to her will agree that NATO is a bulwark of our collective defence, you know you are living in extraordinary times.”
She also asserted that the incoming Biden administration would be “a more predictable and reliable partner”.